Most interesting bits:
- Very disruptive
- Excellent at shedding blocks
- Great size
- Phenomenal run-defender
- Stout at the point of attack
- Nice burst off the snap
- Good quickness; surprises offensive linemen
- Pursues well with closing speed
- Plays with good pad level
- Nice athleticism for his size
- Can be effective versus double-teams
- Scheme versatile
- Could fit as an end or nose tackle in the 3-4
- Ready to compete quickly
- Good upside
- Excellent bull rush
- Quality motor
Player Comparison: Pat Williams It is crazy to think that Williams, a three-time Pro Bowler, went undrafted. Obviousl,y that won't be the case with Hankins as he is a consensus first-round pick.
- Not a threat to get a lot of sacks
- Two-down player in the NFL?
While Williams went undrafted, he and Hankins have a similar style of play. Williams was a tremendous run-defender who ate up double teams and was impossible to move at the line of scrimmage. Hankins did that at Ohio State and should be able to continue that in the NFL. Williams (6-3, 317) has nearly the same measurements as Hankins.
The big difference between the two is in that Hankins should offer more as a pass-rusher. Like Williams, Hankins won't rack up a big sack total, but he should be able to get some pressure on the quarterback and collapse the pocket. I could see Hankins turning into a defender like Williams in the NFL.
NFL Matches: Oakland, Carolina, Minnesota, Indianapolis, New England Oakland has aging defensive tackles, and the team needs some young talent on its defensive line. Going to the Raiders in the top 10 is probably the highest that Hankins could hope to go.
The Panthers are a logical fit for Hankins in the top half of the first round. They badly need tackle help, and he would be a good addition to complement defensive end Charles Johnson and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly.