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Tis the season for draft eligible players to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft, especially for players that likely have realized they carry a likely 1st round grade. For an Ohio State program that has at times been forgotten about this year due to BCS ineligibility and unable to play in the post-season, NFL scouts certainly haven't strayed away from the program for their evaluations. Johnathan Hankins of Ohio State, a monster of a defensive linemen with all the tools to be an elite NFL nose tackle, has declared for the draft (per an Ohio State press release) and, like Sheldon Richardson before him, adds to a fantastic defensive tackle class.The 6'3, 320 pound Hankins has set the tone for the middle of the Ohio State defense the past two seasons after entering the school as a 350+ pound defensive line prospect. Hankins's declaring shouldn't come as a major surprise, as he's been high atop many boards that include juniors across the country, and has certainly deserved it. Despite saying that he loved Ohio State and reports were he was leaning towards staying, Hankins has the upside to be a Top 10 pick, and that likely was too good to pass up.RELATED: 2013 NFL Draft Underclassmen TrackerHankins isn't a devasting inside rusher, but that isn't necessarily a detterant for his NFL future. Hankins possesses very strong hands, the ability to extend and drive on one-versus-one blocks, and holds his ground/collapses inside versus double teams as well as any defensive tackle in the country. As do most talented defensive linemen in college, Hankins was utilized across the defensive line at Ohio State, including the 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7 technique at times. While his future is likely as a nose tackle, potentially a nose/5-technique in a 3-4 as well, his versatility and short area athleticism is what likely will have NFL team's excited.Maybe more unique about the news of Hankins declaring is just how NFL teams will value this defensive tackle class. With Star Lotulelei and Sheldon Richardson already atop the class and the likes of seniors John Jenkins, Jesse Williams, and Kawann Short, this defensive tackle class could have 6 first round picks, with more potential declarees on the way.However, this seems like the right move for Hankins, as maximizing your draft stock, which is in the Top 20 at least for right now, is always a wise move, regardless of position. While it's not definite yet where Hankins will lie on our defensive tackle rankings, it's clear that, at least for now, he'll be in the Top 3 defensive tackles and likely in our Top 10 prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State all-Big Ten Conference defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announced today he will forego his senior season of eligibility with the Buckeyes and make himself available for the 2013 NFL Draft and an opportunity to continue his career at the next level.I have decided, with the support of my family, to forego my senior season at Ohio State in order to enter...
All-Big Ten defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has announced he will give up his senior season at Ohio State to make himself available for the 2013 NFL draft.
Hankins appeared in 38 games the past three years and started every game the past two seasons. He was fourth on the team in tackles in 2011 with 67, including 11 for minus yardage. This past season he was fifth in tackles...
Ohio State all-Big Ten Conference defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announced today he will forego his senior season of eligibility with the Buckeyes and make himself available for the 2013 NFL Draft and an opportunity to continue his career at the next level.
“I have decided, with the support of my family, to forego my senior season at Ohio State in order to enter the NFL Draft...
The 2013 Ohio State defense lost a member on Monday when Johnathan Hankins declared he will skip his final season of eligibility and head to the NFL draft. He will join the rest of the 2012 starting defensive line in heading out the door.
COLUMBUS, Ohio Three Ohio State University football standouts junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby and senior defensive end John Simon were named Associated Press All-Americans today. Hankins and Roby were each honored with second-team recognition while Simon was a third-team selection for the second consecutive year.Each was a major contributor...
Things just got a little sexier up in Columbus, Ohio with the Ohio State University teaming up with Victoria Secret according to the Columbus Dispatch. Victoria Secret will be producing OSU apparel for the ladies. I’m sure the Ohio State men will be happy with this move.
According to the Dispatch:
Victoria’s Secret lingerie and loungewear brand, called Pink, will expand its...
Ohio State’s defensive line was used to delivering big hits all season long, but it will have to do so in 2013 without one of its biggest pieces.
Ohio State announces defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins will forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
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Hard to fault the big guy who thanked both Urban Meyer and Jim Tressel, who recruited...
If asked what bowl Ohio State would be playing in this year had they instituted a self imposed bowl ban following the 2011 season, most would say they'd be heading to the Rose Bowl. While that likely would be the case, one man that would disagree is Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee. During a celebration at the Ohio Statehouse last week honoring the team for their undefeated...
Indiana is No. 1 for a sixth straight week in The Associated Press college basketball poll.
Ohio State checks in at 7, while Cincinnati stayed steady at 11.
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