The recent hits on Hankins are the same thing that gets said about just about every DT that comes out. He was borderline dominant in the beginning of the season, didn't maintain that level of play (though I read somewhere late he picked it back up) and now people say that's a result of lack of motivation or whatever. Couldn't possibly be that offenses saw what he was doing early and started compensating to defend against him. Couldn't be that almost no one maintains a level of dominance like that over the stretch of a whole season.
Who knows, maybe he really does have motivation issues, but any time I read that a DT has motivation issues because they didn't maintain an early surge I pretty much disregard it. DT is one of the toughest (if not THE toughest), most physical positions in football and very very few guys dominant from first whistle on opening day to final whistle on the season ender. As of now, before the combine and before the more detailed scouting videos come out on youtube (the best most of us have to go off of), Hankins is my guy if Star is gone.
Why do we need DT in the first again? Don't we do this every year? It was Marcell Darreus in 2011, then it was Fletcher Cox last year, now were back with this year with a DT that won't help us whatsoever for the next 2 to 3 years anymore than Dwan and Ron edwards will. Look at Fletcher Cox's stats, Dwan Edwards has better stats than him if you don't count the weeks Dwan missed with injury.
Let's get an impact position in the draft, Offensive Tackle is something we need and its hard to miss and its instant impact. DT have the same bust rate as QB's, we don't need to waste a first round pick on a player than won't contribute in a major way for the next 2 to 3 years.
I say draft OT in the first, or my teammate from high school Jonathan Cooper (shameless namedrop) who is rated around where we will pick as an OG and keep Bell on the outside with Hangartner as depth. Then get a Safety in the 2nd. Finally get a WR in free agency and were good to go.