Prospect: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio StateJohnathan Hankins

Height: 6’2⅞”

Weight: 320 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Incredible athlete for a defensive tackle of his size and stature
  • Has the top end speed to turn and chase, makes plays down the line often
  • Very coordinated in the open field with ability to redirect like a much smaller defender
  • Impressive brute strength generated from a thick lower half, handful for most blockers who don’t get help
  • First step efficient enough to get through gaps and make plays in the backfield occasionally

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Very disciplined defender gap control wise, always keeps inside out leverage
  • Effort level comes and goes with fatigue, different player late in games
  • Relentless fighting through blocks while engaged, doesn’t give up on plays

Pass Rush:

  • Power bullrush with ability to press the pocket against single blockers
  • Quick first step and ability to plant and change directions smoothly make him an effective speed rusher against slower-footed pass blockers
  • Uninventive pass rusher who is reliant on winning with his initial move

Run Support:

  • Gets run blockers stood up at the point of attack with ease, aggressive into contact
  • Disengages well with heavy hands to deliver shots to the frame of blockers, creates space for himself at will
  • Mirrors backs down the line on edge runs and has phenomenal range to get the ball at a high rate
  • Quickly spins back into the flow of plays often if being blocked away from the hole
  • High impact tackler who doesn’t miss often when he can get his hands to a ball carrier
  • Struggles with double teams and combo blocks, often fails to keep shoulders square, gets turned and then handled by one blocker

Technique:

  • Heavy feet while engaged with blockers, bad habit of stopping them completely from time to time
  • Flexible hips allow him to sink his hips to lower pad level or bend around the corner as a pass rusher
  • Strong hands but can be wild and inconsistent with his usage, dominant when he fires them into the chest of blockers
  • Has a bad habit of dropping his head and his eyes when utilizing power against both run and pass, negates ball and blocker awareness

Overall:

Johnathan Hankins entered his senior season at Ohio State as one of the most hyped prospects around.  Unfortunately he was unable to match the output of his sophomore season.  He recorded 12 less tackles, 7 less tackles for loss, and 3 less sacks as a junior.  It wasn’t all about the numbers though.  Hankins seemed to disappear during stretches of far too many games.  Some of this can surely be attributed to his facing a much higher number of double teams than ever before.  He’s going to have to learn to handle the double though, because he’s likely going to be asked to control two gaps at the next level and will see two blockers more often than not.  Now, guys with the size, athleticism, and versatility of Hankins don’t come around very often.  He quite simply makes plays that other defensive tackles of his size dream of.  Hankins even spotlighted as a defensive end in the Buckeyes’ 4-3 defense during his sophomore and junior seasons.  Even if he gets pegged as a nose tackle, he’s far from only being a two down player.  A move to the nose will take an adjustment period.  Hankins also needs to become a more consistent player all-around.  He’s still certainly looks the part of a first round pick.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Johnathan Hankins Scouting Report

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