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Johnathan Hankins: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Ohio State DT

Sean KeaneCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2017

Johnathan Hankins: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Ohio State DT

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    Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has entered the 2013 NFL draft and is now the newest member of the New York Giants after electing to forego his senior season at OSU.  The man they call "Big Hank" starred in college at various positions along the defensive line and figures to warrant heavy consideration as a nose tackle in the NFL.

    Listed at 6'3", 322 pounds, Hankins inevitably draws comparisons to New England Patriots NT Vince Wilfork (6'2", 325 lbs) due to his size, run-stuffing ability and versatility.

    Big Hank may never legitimize such lofty comparisons, but he figures to be an excellent player in his own right and should be one of the earliest defensive linemen taken on draft day.

    Here is a brief introduction to help you get to know the former Buckeye. 


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    Full Name: Johnathan "Big Hank" Hankins

    Hometown: Detroit, Mich.

    High School: Southeastern High School

    Major: Criminology

    Year: Junior


    Born in 1992 to James and Louise Ward, Hankins grew up in Detroit, Mich., where he spent most of his youth playing running back and scoring touchdowns.

    Then he grew.

    As Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, his mother said, "It was like he grew overnight."

    Hankins struggled to adapt to his new-found proportions and sat our his final year of youth football before launching his high school career.  He transferred to Detroit's Southeastern High School for his sophomore season.


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    2010: 13 games, 16 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 sack

    2011: 13 games, 67 tackles, 11 TFL, 3 sacks

    2012: 12 games, 55 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack


    In three seasons with the Buckeyes, Hankins amassed 138 tackles (16.5 for loss) and five sacks.

    He earned immediate playing time as a true freshman in 2010 and by 2011 was locked in as a full-time starter.

    From a statistical standpoint, he peaked as a sophomore when he was awarded honorable mention All-Big Ten. Based on his accolades, however, his level of play steadily improved during each of his three seasons, culminating in Hankins earning first-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-American honors in 2012.

Draft Process

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 320 lbs

    Arm Length: 33"

    Hand Size: 9.5"


    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 5.31 seconds

    Vertical Leap: 26.0"

    Broad Jump: 104.0"

    3-Cone Drill: 7.59 seconds

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.61 seconds


    Pro Day Results

    He declined to participate in any additional workouts at Ohio State's pro day, electing instead to perform strictly in positional drills.


    Hankins did not participate in the bench press at the NFL combine, which theoretically should be his best drill given his position.

    Most run-stuffing DTs aren't expected to be the most athletic players on the field, and his combine results reflect that pretty well.

    Regardless, Hankins still projects as a possible first-round pick, according to


    All combine stats courtesy of

Interesting Facts

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    While playing at Southeastern High School, Hankins teamed with fellow NFL draft hopeful and former Michigan State Spartan William Gholston.

    The two had hoped to play together at the college level, but Hankins wasn't as highly recruited—Gholston was the top recruit in the state—and never received an offer from Michigan State, so the two parted ways.

    The tables have turned with Hankins now the more highly sought NFL prospect.

    Hankins has also dropped weight during each of his seasons at Ohio State in an effort to increase his stamina and versatility. 


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    Via Gil Brandt,

    Considered a top-12 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Hankins reminds people of Cleveland Browns DL Phillip Taylor. What hurt his performance during the season was that he seldom came off the field. It's hard for big guys like this to play 65 or 70 snaps a game. Hankins opted to only take part in selected drills coming off his effort in the NFL Scouting Combine.

    Per Dane Brugler of

    Hankins doesn't always play smart with several penalties on his resume, including a late hit on the quarterback (vs. Michigan State in 2012). He tends to wear down throughout the course of a game and give streaky effort, looking fatigued and noticeably taking plays off.

    According to Charlie Campbell,

    The heavy defensive tackle isn't just a big-bodied run-stuffer. Hankins has serious quickness that he uses to fire into his gap and disrupt plays. Hankins' quickness catches many offensive linemen by surprise. He is capable of getting good penetration into the pocket to hurry quarterbacks and take away space for them to step up towards the line of scrimmage. Hankins needs to work on more pass-rushing moves in the NFL. With his strength, a power rip and club move should be effective for him. 

    NFL coaches are going to love Hankins' versatility. He has lined up all over the defensive line for Ohio State. Hankins has played as a three-technique - on the outside shoulder of the guard; a two-gap defensive tackle technique; a defensive end; and a zero-technique - as a nose tackle above the center. Thus, he could fit in a 4-3 as a defensive tackle, or in a 3-4 defense as a nose tackle or defensive end. Hankins has some real upside.

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