Johnathan Hankins of the Ohio State Buckeyes declares for the NFL Draft

 

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Johnathan Hankins appears to be trying to capitalize on the Ohio State Buckeyes undefeated season. Hankins has announced that he will be declaring for the 2013 NFL Draft. Hankins was an All-Big 10 defensive lineman and had 55 tackles in 2012 and one sack. At 6-foot-3 and 317 lbs, the junior was the heart and soul of the Buckeyes defensive line.

Ohio State will be disappointed to see him leave, but it is an announcement that isn’t coming out of the blue. He figures to be a first round selection according to NFLDraftScout.com and they have him listed currently as the second ranked defensive tackle and ninth overall prospect.

Hankins went on to thank his head coach Urban Meyer for his support and former coach Jim Tressel for recruiting him to Ohio State. He finishes his career with the Buckeyes with 138 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, and five sacks. His ability to stuff the run is what NFL teams will undoubtedly be interested in.

It will now be Meyer’s job to replace Hankins, as well as the rest of the starting defensive line who will all not be returning. Sophomore Adolphus Washington has a chance to step in for Hankins and has been impressive at some points as a backup. He posted three sacks and forced a fumble during the 2012 campaign.

Although Hankins was surely upset that the Buckeyes weren’t eligible for a bowl because of sanctions, foregoing his senior season and using the spotlight that a 12-0 campaign brings will certainly help his draft stock.

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