Sixty-seven Buckeyes have been selected in Round 1 of the NFL Draft since its inception in 1936. There is only one Buckeye with a chance of becoming No. 68 in that prestigious line of players in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Johnathan Hankins is an enormous man. At 6'3", 320 pounds, he is capable of engaging two offensive linemen at once, which appears to be what he'll be utilized for at the next level. As Hankins prepares to be officially selected over the course of the next several days, let's look at what he bring to your NFL team.
Hankins made his way over to the Dark Side, err...the good guy's team when the Michigan native committed to The Ohio State University. He played in every game for the Buckeyes from the start of his freshman year, becoming a full-time starter over the last two. Hankins has good experience against tough, physical Big Ten linemen under his belt.
His giant frame gives him the ability to carry all that weight well. He has great footwork for a defensive tackle. Watching Hankins play, you often see him getting a good jump at the line of scrimmage. The Buckeyes coaching staff moved him all over the defensive line last year, so versatility is another positive weapon in his arsenal.
Hankins didn't come off the field much in college. He may have appeared fatigued towards the end of games, but imagine carrying around 320 pounds for the majority of four quarters. Does that sound like a simple task? That being said, his snaps will likely be monitored for your team, because coaches won't want a fading tackle (or 3-4 end) stepping in when they need him most.
At first, draft projections made it look like Hankins would certainly be off the board in Round 1. Now, he might be lucky to be drafted in the early stages of Day 2. Defensive tackle is relatively deep this year, and you should see a run on them in the second round.
Improving leverage will need to be addressed by your coaches. Hankins tends to play upright, which limits his effectiveness getting into the backfield. He's as solid as the come in run support, though.
His numbers declined between his redshirt sophomore and junior seasons. The Buckeyes also played like an entirely different team in 2012. A slight drop in his stats shouldn't discredit Hankins' ability. Ohio State improved overall, and he was a vital part of its success.
Expect Hankins to be playing on your line as a 0-technique with a possibility of lining up as a 3-technique. His size makes him a perfect fit as a two-gap stopper in a 3-4 scheme. You can put him at nose tackle and be set in the middle. You're also getting a great deal on him in Round 2, which is when he's expected to go.