2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Leonard Hankerson
Hankerson broke out as a junior and had an even more successful senior season catching 72 passes and 13 touchdowns for a struggling Hurricane team in 2010.
Player Name: Leonard Hankerson
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Miami (Fl.)
Height: 6’1 7/8
Hand: 10 5/8
Hankerson has a solid frame, and he uses his body well, showing off his physical presence by fighting for the football. He has good body control and locates the ball well. Hankerson generally catches the ball at its highest point, and has a nice, long stride. Hankerson is tough going across the middle and has deceivingly solid speed to make the play after the catch. His big frame makes him a nice target to make plays in the red zone and his productivity over the last two years has been very solid, and his performance in the Senior Bowl was a breath of fresh air as his practices during the week were just mediocre.
Hankerson will struggle getting a jam at the line sometimes, despite being more of a physical wide receiver. He struggles to get separation at times, and lacks huge yard after catch ability because he doesn’t have game breaking speed. Hankerson struggles to catch the ball with his hands, sometimes catching with his body more so, and resulting in drops. He will need to sharpen up his routes at the next level, more specifically his hitch’s and double moves.
Hankerson’s ceiling to be drafted is around pick 35. He should fall between 35 and 60 in the 2011 NFL Draft, with teams like St. Louis, Oakland, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Seattle and New England all looking to select him to sturdy up that offense. He has first round talent, but his lack of speed will likely keep out of the first.
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