With the 49th overall pick pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. Hankins is the No. 25 player in the draft ranking from SB Nation's Dan Kadar and the fourth-ranked defensive tackle.
Hankins decided to come out a year early, forgoing his senior season, to enter the NFL as a junior. He finished the 2012 season named as a second-team All-American. Overall, Hankins played in 38 games for the Buckeyes. He started 13 games in 2011 and all 12 in 2012 when Ohio State went undefeated through the regular season. He finished his college career with 138 tackles, including 16.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.
Hankins is a good fit with the Giants. Mike Mayock calls him an 'ideal' fit as a three technique tackle on the Giants defensive line, and will help take a lot of pressure off ends Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Expect Hankins to see a lot of playing time for the Giants, as he'll work into an interior line rotation that includes Cullen Jenkins and Linval Joseph. But with Jenkins north of 30, and primary backup Shaun Rogers hurt and questionable for the beginning of training camp, Hankins should come in and compete for a starting job.
In a prospect profile on SB Nation.com, the following were listed as positives for Hankins:
- Hankins is a versatile lineman who has the athleticism to line up over center, at three-technique and at five-technique, according to Dan Kadar's scouting report. Hankins disrupts the offense's ground game with his ability to take away one side of the field in a sense.
- Kadar also notes Hankins' athleticism, mentioning Ohio State's willingness to drop Hankins back in coverage during his junior season. Hankins also has the burst to close on ball carriers and play a sideline-to-sideline game.
- Among his best traits is Hankins' ability to command double teams on the inside. The space-eating defensive tackle was consistently asked to take up more than one blocker on the inside.
Weight: 320 lbs.
Hand size: 9.5 inches
40-yard dash: 5.31 seconds
Vertical jump: 26 inches
Hankins has the potential to be one of the tougher defensive tackles to handle. He's a load for blocker to move around and he displays a very quick first couple steps from someone his size. He not only played inside at tackle but he played at times as a defensive end. If he's used in a rotation to keep him fresh, Hankins could be a force to be reckoned with.
Ted Glover and SB Nation's Jason Garrison contributed to this report.