Big Hank Headed to Big Apple
By Brandon Castel
Photo by Dan Harker
It took a little longer than he would have hoped, but Johnathan Hankins has a new place to call home. The 320-pound defensive tackle out of Ohio State was projected as a mid-first round pick when he declared for the draft back in December, but Hankins had to wait until day two of the NFL Draft to hear his name.
He didn’t wait long.
The New York Giants, looking to bolster the interior defensive line, snatched Hankins off the board with 17th pick in the second round (No. 49 overall) of the 2013 draft. The 21-year-old tackle out of Detroit will join a team in New York that won two Super Bowl titles on the strength of a dominant defensive front.
He will be asked to come in and take some of the pressure off guys like Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck on the outside. That was something Hankins did well for guys like John Simon and Nathan Williams last season as a key member of Ohio State’s undefeated 2012 team.
Hankins appeared in 38 games the past three years and started all 25 games during his sophomore and junior seasons in Columbus. He was fourth on the team in tackles in 2011 with 67 stops, including 11 tackles-for-loss (-24 yards), and this past season he ranked fifth with 55 tackles, including 4.0 TFLs (-22).
“It helped me tremendously from just a physical aspect to my weight to getting me stronger,” Hankins said during a conference call with the New York media after he was chosen.
“When it came to the game and just watching film and knowing what offenses are going to do before the play is going to happen. Just the tradition there in getting guys to the league is a great asset for me (and) prepared me well.”
A former three-star prospect out of Southeastern High School in Dearborn Heights, Mich., Hankins became the 83rd Buckeye to be selected in the NFL Draft since 2000, which is the most of any school in the country during that span.
Photo by Dan Harker
Hankins also became the 328th Buckeye all-time to hear his name called in the NFL Draft. He is expected to be joined by John Simon and Reid Fragel, with the outside possibility guys like Travis Howard, Etienne Sabino, Zach Boren, Nathan Williams, Garrett Goebel and Orhian Johnson could hear their name called before the end of this year’s draft.
Hankins wrapped up his three-year career at Ohio State with 138 tackles (58 solos; 80 assists), including 16.5 TFLs (-55 yards) and five quarterback sacks. He was a member of four prestigious award/trophy watch during the 2012 season – the Lombardi, Outland, Bednarik and Nagurski.
11 First-Rounders for Urban Meyer
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer did not have any players from his 2012 team drafted in the first round this year, but he did see two of his former players come off the board on day one of the draft.
Florida defensive tackle Shariff Floyd went to the Minnesota Vikings with the 23rd pick in the draft and former Gators’ safety Matt Elam was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 32nd, and final, pick in the first round.
Including those two players, Meyer has now had 11 of his former players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. He has seen three of his players taken in the top 10 of the draft, including quarterback Alex Smith, defensive end Derrick Harvey and cornerback Joe Haden.
Urban Meyer 1st-Round NFL Draft Picks
Year No. Pos. Name, Team
2013 23 DL Shariff Floyd, Minnesota
2013 32 S Matt Elam, Baltimore
2011 15 OL Mike Pouncey, Miami Dolphins
2010 7 CB Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
2010 18 C Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers
2010 25 QB Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos
2009 22 R/RB Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
2008 8 DE Derrick Harvey, Jacksonville Jaguars
2007 17 DE Jarvis Moss, Denver Broncos
2007 21 S Reggie Nelson, Jacksonville Jaguars
2005 1 QB Alex Smith, San Francisco
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