NFL Mock Draft 2011: New England Patriots Add WR Hankerson with NFL Draft Pick
NFL Mock Draft 2011 Has New England Patriots Giving QB Tom Brady Another Weapon
NFL Mock Draft Pick No. 28: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (FL)
Leonard Hankerson of Miami had over 1,100 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns for a struggling Hurricanes team in 2010. Despite the off-and-on play of quarterback Jacory Harris, Hankerson still managed to make a major impact for the squad. The senior also showed he could perform in big games, catching seven balls for 147 yards and three touchdowns against Clemson and coming up big in the Sun Bowl against Notre Dame, with seven catches for 71 yards and a TD.
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The Patriots could go with an offensive lineman here (Mike Pouncey of Florida would be the logical choice), but I think they can't ignore receiver here. As much talk as there's been about QB Tom Brady being able to succeed without a top-notch receiver, 2010 showed having someone that can stretch the field is vital.
Hankerson could be the most explosive, speedy receiver at this spot and he's displayed good hands that should work well in a system that prides itself in making the simple catch. The Patriots' loss against the New York Jets in the AFC divisional playoffs proved to expose their lack of a downfield threat. Hankerson could erase this deficiency.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Blaine Gabbert |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus
3. Buffalo Bills: Patrick Peterson
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green
|17. New England Patriots: Aldon Smith|
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson
19. New York Giants: Anthony Costonzo
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Da'Quan Bowers
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Cam Newton |
6. Cleveland Browns: Von Miller
7. San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Gabe Carimi
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Nate Solder
24. New Orleans Saints: Phil Taylor
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones
11. Houston Texans: J.J. Watt
12. Minnesota Vikings: Cameron Jordan
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Danny Watkins|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith
27. Atlanta Falcons: Cameron Heyward
28. New England Patriots: Leonard Hankerson
|13. Detroit Lions: Tyron Smith |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan
|29. Chicago Bears: Mike Pouncey|
30. New York Jets: Rahim Moore
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Harris
32. Green Bay Packers: Adrian Clayborn
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