Leonard Hankerson to Washington Redskins: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Thomas EmerickSenior WriterApril 29, 2011

Leonard Hankerson provides a much-needed possession receiver to the Washington Redskins at No. 79.

The SI.com All-America honorable mention turned in a senior season that would make fellow Miami pass-catchers Andre Johnson and Santana Moss proud in notching 72 receptions, 1,156 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Hankerson's 6'1", 209-pound frame doesn't present the most ideal height for a possession receiver, but his savvy over the middle and extremely reliable hands more than make up for it. That's not to knock his speed, as he can burn NFL secondaries from time to time.

Hankerson won't make many defenders miss, but he isn't a receiver who will be arm-tackled often, as articulated in the USA Today NFL Draft Preview Special Edition:

"His speed forces cornerbacks to respect his ability to catch a deep ball. His footwork is not as quick as some of the top NFL wideouts, but he is tough to bring down after a catch."

Hankerson, who rose to the early second round in many mock drafts over the past month, hits both need and value for the receiver-hungry Redskins. Now if they can just figure out who will throw it to him.