2013 NFL Draft: Johnathan Hankins Scouting Report

June 22nd, 2012
Johnathan Hankins

Johnathan Hankins of Ohio State Could Be the First Big Ten Player Taken in 2013's Draft

Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 317
Grade: 7.7

Scouting Report

+For a 310+ wide built athlete, he moves surprisingly well upfield
+Able to mantain balance laterally through contact
+Shows balance and body control for a nose tackle in the backfield when finishing tackles
+Played a 0, 1, 3, 5, and 6 technique over the course of last season, showcasing versatility
-Not overly great laterally in rush moves, can’t beat to outside shoulders with athleticism

+Has played a variety of positions of the defensive line, has experience in multiple roles
-Doesn’t show great vision of the ball carrier, doesn’t readjust attacking point well

-Hasn’t had much of a chance to display leadership qualities at Ohio State
-Three other senior projected starters on the roster mean likely minimal leadership duties in 2012

Pass Rush:
+Wins leverage as he slides inside/play side laterally
+Doesn’t lose balance on initial quick rushes, gains inside position well
+Able to stay low and slip outside shoulder in to attack opening in gaps
+Naturally attracts doubles thanks to wide frame, power and body control down the line
-Despite rushing from many techniques, only gets solid penetration from NT, occasionally at 3-tech
-Lacks counter rush move using his hands that could drastically improve rushing ability
-Drives in with shoulder too much at times, could use hands initially to set up rushes initially

Run Stuffing:
+Size and balance off snap consistently outmatch guards, and occasionally centers doubling
+Keeps feet moving, stays active with lower half
+When in hole, extends horizontally and shuts off hole completely
-Could be more patient in attacking the ball carrier as a rusher
-Tries to be a backfield playmaker at times, allowing for potential cutback lanes

+Understanding of staying engaged while sliding to second blocker to absorb space
+Keeps feet and base wide as both a rusher and when disrupting running lanes
+Fires hands up in short passing plays to disrupt throwing lanes
-Needs to use hands more effectively as a rusher on a consistent basis
-Could stay at home and not be overaggressive as a rusher more consistently
-Does a good, not great job, of setting up stunts/blitzers.

Hankins is a monster of a man, one of the widest nose tackles in college football. That natural size combined with his lower body strength and body control allows him to be at worst an immovable object for offenses to double teams. His ability to keep his feet and drive down the playside part of the line naturally disrupts both zone and man blocking schemes. His ability as a rusher is still raw, but for now, his power and burst off the line are enough to get into the backfield initially and win power battles to make plays in the backfield. With improved hand usage, better understanding of the defense’s gameplan, and a handful of rush moves to add to his versatility, and Hankins may develop into a future Top 5 overall pick in the 2013/2014 NFL Draft.


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