If there is a player who has been on top of the defensive lineman’s leader board for the 2013 NFL Draft, Ohio State lineman Johnathan Hankins may have been at the top since the college football season started.
The Oakland Raiders have a pretty solid defensive line, but may lose someone like Tommy Kelly in the off-season and should address the tackle position.
Hankins stands at 6-3 and weighs 317 pounds. He is projected to be one of the highest rated players in the 2013 NFL draft, and he is the anchor of the defensive line of the undefeated Buckeyes. Interior linemen are the one place where sometimes field production is more important than tackles and sacks.
One of the best terms often used for defensive tackles are guys who “blow up a play,” and Hankins offers that ability along with being an efficient tackler.
Not to offend Hankins, but he has a weird body. He is a wide kind of player, which usually means he is a run-stopper, but he has proven in his sophomore and junior year at Ohio State that he is versatile at the line of scrimmage. He can not only blow up a play, but make a big play as well with his wide 300 plus-pound body.
As for the Raiders, pending on how bad they finish this year, Hankins stock can drop, and they could risk trading back for him. The Raiders have proven in the past though that they draft who they want, when they want. This may not be the best philosophy but if they can get Hankins in the top-10, then they should take him.
He can realistically be in silver and black next year if he enters the draft.
Raiders’ prospect grade: A