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2015 NFL DRAFT

Johnathan Hankins, DT

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Dearborn Heights, MI
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 320 lbs.
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04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 33. DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State (6-3, 320, 3JR)...Although he battled fatigue issues as an every-down defender in college, Hankins carries his weight well and offers scheme versatility to win with range and power. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/21/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: FIVE BOLD PREDICTIONS: 2. This year's draft will mark the first time since 1953 that a Big Ten player isn't taken in the first round...The Big Ten conference has taken a hit in recent years for its struggles against the SEC on the field and for the first time, we're starting to see the same impact on draft day. While the SEC could have a dozen players drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Big Ten might be shut out of the opening round, something that hasn't happened since 1953. A pair of defensive tackles, Johnathan Hankins (Ohio State) and Kawann Short (Purdue), are the best hope for the conference to be represented in the first round, but both are more likely to come off the board in the second round. The Big Ten will be well-represented on the second and third days of the draft, but the first round will be quiet for one of college football's most traditional conferences. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/16/2013 - 2013 Ohio State Pro Day: Johnathan Hankins, OL (6-3 1/4, 320 pounds) - Considered a top-12 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Hankins reminds people of Cleveland Browns DL Phillip Taylor. What hurt his performance during the season was that he seldom came off the field. It's hard for big guys like this to play 65 or 70 snaps a game. Hankins opted to only take part in selected drills coming off his effort in the NFL Scouting Combine. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/11/2013 - 2013 Ohio State Pro Day: Scouts would have liked to have seen Hankins participate in timed drills again. Some have reservations about the 6-3, 320 pounder's conditioning and, despite possessing very light feet which contributed to impressive times in the three-cone (7.59 seconds) and short shuttle drills (4.61), Hankins showed little in terms of explosiveness in the 40-yard dash (5.31) and vertical jump (26"). - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Next question: Strong and possessing remarkably quick feet, Hankins flashed the kind of talent throughout his career with the Buckeyes that might warrant a top-10 pick in some draft classes. He carried significant "bad weight" around his middle, however, and noticeably tired late in games. Though his statistics dropped from a breakout sophomore season in 2011 (67 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three sacks) to a somewhat underwhelming 2012 (55 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack), he elected to leave a potential BCS title contending Buckeyes program early, prompting some to question how much of his motivation is financially-based. Deserved or not, Hankins has thus earned some comparisons to former Ohio State standout Dan Wilkinson, who never played up to expectations after the Cincinnati Bengals selected him No. 1 overall in 1994. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: DT - Johnathan Hankins, junior, Ohio State...Hankins, who announced Dec. 10 he would forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, ranked fifth on the team this season with 55 tackles, including 4.0 TFLs (minus-22 yards). He had a career-high 10 tackles against both California and UAB. - Ohio State football

12/10/2012 - Ohio State junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins will forego his final season of eligibility at Ohio State and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. He is projected to be among the top players drafted at his position, possibly in the top-15 picks of the draft. "I have decided, with the support of my family, to forego my senior season at Ohio State in order to enter the NFL Draft," Hankins said Monday. "I will always be grateful for the family I have gained here at Ohio State." Hankins currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 defensive tackle for April's draft and the No. 9 prospect overall.

"I want to thank coach Meyer, coach Vrabel and strength coach Marotti for bringing the best out of me as a football player and person, and for their constant support. I also want to thank coach Tressel and coach Heacock for recruiting me and giving me an opportunity to be a part of this great school and great program." A native of Dearborn Heights, Mich., Hankins finished the 2012 season with 55 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors. Although his statistics were down from a year ago, Hankins rarely left the field and was asked to do much more during his junior season. He finishes his collegiate career with 138 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DL Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State, has been selected Second Team All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Hankins made life miserable for opposing offenses all season long, recording 55.0 tackles, 4.0 TFL and 1.0 sacks despite constant double-teams. He recorded a pair of 10-tackle games vs. California and UAB and had 8.0 tackles in the overtime win over Purdue. - Ohio State football

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State, has been selected First Team All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Hankins made life miserable for opposing offenses all season long, recording 55.0 tackles, 4.0 TFL and 1.0 sacks despite constant double-teams. He recorded a pair of 10-tackle games vs. California and UAB and had 8.0 tackles in the overtime win over Purdue. - Ohio State football

11/29/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: 1. DT Johnathan Hankins, 6-3, 317, Ohio State: Why he has the top spot: Hankins had three tackles in Saturday's win over Michigan but more importantly, helped hold the Wolverines to just 108 rushing yards by clogging the line of scrimmage. Hankins forced a crucial fourth-quarter fumble deep inside Michigan territory when he popped the ball out of QB Devin Gardner's hands using his shoulder pad. Ohio State could only partially capitalize on the turnover with a field goal but it didn't matter because the Buckeyes' defense didn't allow the Wolverines past the 50-yard line in the second half. Hankins was named to the first-team All-Big Ten defensive line as voted on by the coaches. He earned a second-team nod from the media.

Season stats: 55 tackles, blocked FG, four tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble. Player ranking: Hankins is the ninth-rated prospect in the draft class and the second-best defensive tackle, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: The Buckeyes' season is done and Hankins, a junior, will now have to decide if he wants to enter his name in the NFL draft. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

11/22/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: 1. DT Jonathan Hankins, 6-3, 317, Ohio State: Why he has the top spot: Hankins didn't have a stellar game last weekend against Wisconsin, recording just two tackles as the Buckeyes allowed 191 rushing yards to Montee Ball. Hankins will get a chance to redeem himself on Saturday against the Wolverines in what may be his final game as a Buckeye. Hankins, a junior, needs to strongly consider entering the NFL Draft next spring. Season stats: 52 tackles, blocked FG, four tackles for loss, sack. Player ranking: Hankins is rated at the ninth-best prospect in the country and the second overall defensive tackle, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings.

Up next: Ohio State hosts Michigan with its undefeated season on the line. Last week, the Wolverines started Denard Robinson at tailback due to an arm injury that's inhibited his throwing motion. Robinson's not a between-the-tackles type runner but his presence opens up the passing game for the Wolverines. Hankins' ability to create pressure in the pocket will be crucial to slowing down expected starting QB Devin Gardner. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

11/20/2012 - 11/19/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 1. Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State...After a standout sophomore season a year ago, Hankins became a hot name in NFL Draft circles, earning praise as a possible top-10 prospect once he jumps to the NFL. But consistency and fatigue issues caused his draft stock to slide this season. He frequently takes plays off and doesn't give top effort on every snap. He moves so well for a 320-pounder and has the raw power to toss blockers like a ragdoll, but that's when he's playing at top effort, which hasn't happened enough in 2012.

Against Wisconsin, Hankins was routinely halted by single blockers as he failed to do enough with his hands to disengage, relying too much on his body to force what he wants to do. After registering 11.0 tackles for loss last season, he has taken a step back this season as a junior with just 4.0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage thus far, including only one sack. Hankins has the skill-set that NFL scouts drool over, but the consistency and effort issues are a major concern that could cause his draft stock to fall out of the top-15 picks in April, if he opts to go pro. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/14/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: 1. DT Johnathan Hankins, 6-3, 317, Ohio State: Why he has the top spot: Hankins and the Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0) had a bye week to prepare for what's expected to be a critical battle along the line of scrimmage vs. Wisconsin (7-3, 4-2) on Saturday. The Badgers are coming off their highest rushing total (564) in history, but Hankins has their attention. At his weekly press conference, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said, "There's a lot of really good D tackles in the league this year. We might be facing the best one this week." Season stats: 50 tackles, blocked FG, 4 tackles for loss, sack. Player ranking: Hankins is rated the No. 2 player in the draft and the best defensive tackle in the class, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: Ohio State travels to Madison where the last time the Buckeyes were undefeated, Wisconsin upset them 31-18 in 2010. Ohio State has secured part of the Leaders Division title, but a victory would give the Buckeyes the outright division crown. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

11/07/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: 1. DT Johnathan Hankins, 6-3, 317, Ohio State: Why he has the top spot: Once again, Hankins clogged up all the Illinois running lanes, helping to limit it to just 74 yards rushing on 2.3 yards per attempt. Mobile QB Nathan Scheelhaase could rarely get outside the pocket and Hankins' four tackles helped limit the Fighting Illini to just 2 of 14 on third-down conversions. Hankins' allure to NFL scouts is that he can play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme as a nose tackle. Season stats: 50 tackles, one blocked FG, four tackles for loss, one sack. Player ranking: Hankins is the second-best player in the entire draft class and ranked as the top tackle, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: The Buckeyes are idle before heading up to Madison to face the Badgers' vaunted rushing attack in two weeks. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

10/23/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH -- WEEK 8: 1. DT Johnathan Hankins, 6-3, 317, Ohio State: Why he has the top spot: Hankins was outstanding against the Boilermakers on Saturday, recording eight tackles, breaking free of his blocks, and helping to limit Purdue to just three yards per carry on the ground. Hankins even blocked a 34-yard field-goal attempt in the second half to keep the Buckeyes' deficit to just one score. Season stats: 41 tackles, one blocked field goal, three tackles for loss, one sack. Player ranking: Hankins is rated as the third-best player overall and the best tackle in the class, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: Ohio State travels to Penn State this weekend for a matchup of first-place, Leaders Division foes. Even though Penn State is predominantly a pass-first team with Matt McGloin under center, the Nittany Lions have employed the run game more effectively in recent weeks. Bill Belton rushed for a career-high 103 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Iowa. Hankins will have his work cut out for him against the Nittany Lions' offensive line, which has given up just seven sacks on McGloin. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

10/16/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 7: 1. DT Johnathan Hankins, 6-3, 317, Ohio State: Why he has the top spot: Because of his potential and certainly not for his performance on Saturday. No one on Ohio State's defense should be content with allowing 49 points to the Hoosiers, most of all Hankins. The Buckeyes allowed 481 yards of total offense (129 rushing) and the DT didn't make much of an impact along the trenches. He finished with just two tackles although one was a three-yard loss. Indiana's spread offense kept the defensive line on its heels and didn't allow much time to generate pressure. Season stats: 33 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack. Player ranking: Hankins is ranked as the third-best prospect overall and the best DT in the class, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: Ohio State hosts Purdue and its sputtering offense on Saturday at noon ET on ABC. It could be a big rebound game against the Boilermakers, who have averaged just 232 yards of offense against Michigan and Wisconsin in their past two games. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

10/10/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: 1. DT Johnathan Hankins, 6-3, 317, Ohio State: Why he has the top spot: For the second straight game, Hankins slowed his torrid tackling pace, finishing with just three tackles in Saturday's 63-38 win over Nebraska. While Hankins was the focus of the Nebraska offensive line, fellow lineman John Simon spent the majority of his day in the Husker backfield, recording five tackles for loss and two sacks. According to coach Urban Meyer, the offensive line has improved immensely this season in large part due to daily practice battles against the relentless tackle. Season stats: 31 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack. Player ranking: Hankins is the third-best prospect and the best defensive tackle in the draft class, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: The Buckeyes travel to Bloomington to take on Indiana, which nearly upset Michigan State this past weekend. The veteran defensive line could make life difficult for sophomore quarterback Cameron Coffman and the surprisingly productive Hoosier offense. However, last week against the Spartans' front seven, which is comparable to that of Ohio State's, Indiana managed just 35 yards on the ground. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

10/02/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 5: 1. DT Johnathan Hankins, 6-3, 317, Ohio State: Why he has the top spot: No one was more responsible for limiting Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell to just 45 yards on 17 carries than "Big Hank" on Saturday. Hankins' numbers from Ohio State's visit to East Lansing won't stand out (3 tackles), but that's only because his 10 tackles in each of the past two games represent unbelievable production from the tackle position. His blew up numerous rushing plays in the backfield and opened up gaps for other rushers. Season stats: 28 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack. Player ranking: Hankins is ranked as the third-best player in the draft class and the best DT in the country, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: The Buckeyes host Nebraska and its three-headed running attack of Taylor Martinez, Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah. Hankins will be at the heart of the scrum once again, trying to contain Martinez in the pocket and attempting to force him to put the ball in the air. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

09/25/2012 - BIG TEN NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 4: 1. DT Johnathan Hankins, 6-3, 317, Ohio State: Why he has the top spot: Hankins kept his stock high with another 10-tackle performance last weekend against UAB. Despite the Buckeyes' slow start, Hankins never relented and consistently forced pressure in the pocket. He even pancaked an opponent en route to a Blazers incompletion. There will be millions of eyes watching this Saturday's matchup, which features Ohio State's stingy defensive line against Le'Veon Bell, arguably the best rusher in the Big Ten. Season stats (four games): 25 tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack. Player ranking: Hankins is ranked as the fourth-best player and the best defensive tackle in the draft, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: The Buckeyes travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State and Bell, who leads the conference with 610 rushing yards and is third with five touchdowns. The Spartans haven't found a consistent passing game yet so expect Bell to get the lion's share of the carries, and consequently, for Hankins' play to be at the forefront of the Buckeyes defensive attack. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

09/17/2012 - Week 3 Rewind: There remains a significant contingent within the scouting community who believe the way to build defensive lines is from the inside-out. Those scouts could point to Ohio State's survival against Cal Saturday as evidence of what a dominant interior presence can do, as the Buckeyes' 6-3, 320 pound junior Johnathan Hankins' ability to control the line of scrimmage may have been the deciding factor in their nationally televised 35-28 victory. In an effort to confuse a veteran Cal offensive line, Hankins was shuffled between both defensive tackle positions, the nose and even left defensive end, recording an eye-popping 10 tackles, including a huge sack of mobile senior quarterback Zach Maynard on the Golden Bears' final drive of the game. Hankins, who seemed to get stronger as the game went on (six tackles after halftime), took advantage of one of the few occasions when Cal attempted to handle him with only one blocker to record his sack, splitting the gap between Cal's brotherly tandem of left guard Jordan Rigsbee and left tackle Tyler Rigsbee. The sack resulted in a 10-yard loss and was likely fresh in the mind of Maynard as he was terribly inaccurate just four plays later on a pass to his own half-brother, star wideout Keenan Allen, that was intercepted, sealing Ohio State's win. While this was the only play in which Hankins was officially credited with a tackle for loss, the Buckeye defender helped his teammates rack up easy big plays (nine tackles for loss against Cal) by consistently resetting the line of scrimmage. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/17/2012 - Week 3 Rewind: He held up well against double-teams inside, set the edge when playing defensive end to keep Cal from attacking the edges with their speed and showed good hustle in pursuit. He did this while matched up against Cal's two most experienced offensive linemen, senior center Brian Schwenke and senior right tackle Matt Summers-Gavin, each of whom scouts I spoke with prior to the game expect to be drafted this April. It has been 19 years since the Cincinnati Bengals gambled on a similarly talented Ohio State defensive tackle in "Big Daddy" Dan Wilkinson with the first overall pick of the 1994 draft. Hankins boasts a similar combination of size, strength and athleticism as Wilkinson and in this game, at least, showed the technique, hustle and versatility to potentially enjoy a more fruitful NFL career than his Ohio State predecessor. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/14/2012 - Five Prospects I'll Be Watching Saturday: Johnathon Hankins, DT, Ohio State: Possessing shocking athleticism for a man listed at 6-3, 320 pounds, Hankins, a junior, looks like a potential top five pick in either the 2013 or 2014 NFL draft. He's recorded jut five tackles (including .5 tackles for loss and zero sacks) in the Buckeyes' thrashings of Central Florida and Miami (of Ohio) thus far, but could be in postition to make several more plays this weekend against Cal, the first somewhat legitimate foe Ohio State will face this season. Cal has struggled with consistency, but if healthy, their offensive line would be a solid change for Hankins and the rest of the talented Buckeyes' defensive front. Center Brian Schwenke has played himself into an NFL draft pick since sliding over from left guard and right tackle Matt Summers-Gavin, who is questionable for this game with a knee injury, also entered the season highly regarded by scouts. Hankins needs a strong performance to prove he's worthy of his hype. This game begins at noon eastern and will be televised by ABC. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/01/2012 - Key number: minus-1. Yards rushing amassed by Miami (Ohio) on 20 attempts against Ohio State on Saturday. The Buckeyes' front seven appeared vastly improved after allowing an average of nearly 142 yards per game on the ground last season. - Dave Carey, CBSSports.com

08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 4. - The Sports XchangeJohnathon Hankins, DT, Ohio State: With a combination of size (6-3, 335), strength and athleticism similar to Dontari Poe, Hankins could see a similar rise up draft boards. Like Poe, however, Hankins' lofty grade is based more on his potential than his play thus far. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/09/2012 - Top-five Ohio State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. DT Johnathan Hankins...Listed at 335 pounds last season, Hankins has lost nearly 20 pounds and should be even more mobile as a junior with his relentless motor, but still needs to develop his technique and secondary moves. He is a smart, coachable football player with a good head on his shoulders, but has room to improve his read/react skills and has only one year of starting experience in college. Hankins, who was best friends in high school with Michigan State star pass rusher William Gholston, will try and be the first Buckeyes defensive tackle taken in the top 10 since Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson, who was taken first overall in 1994. And if the first overall pick next April isn't a quarterback, it's a realistic possibility that Hankins' name could be called first in the 2013 NFL Draft -- if he declares early, that is. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/09/2012 - Top-five Ohio State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. DT Johnathan Hankins...Usually wide-bodied players that weigh around 330 pounds are more run stuffers than pass rushers, but Hankins is both. He had a breakout sophomore season last year and firmly put his name on the NFL radar as a future top-10 overall pick with some more development. Hankins, who grew up near Detroit as a Wolverines fan, did the unthinkable and picked the Buckeyes over Michigan out of high school and was one of Ohio State's top reserves as a true freshman in 2010. He became a starter last season as a sophomore and flashed special ability, finishing with 67 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and three sacks, earning All-Big Ten honorable mention honors. Players his size usually line up primarily at nose tackle, but Ohio State uses Hankins all over the line, both inside and on the edges. He has a naturally wide frame and carries his weight surprisingly well with quick feet and natural body control. Hankins does a nice job working in the gaps and splitting double-teams while still finding ways to be productive and collapse the pocket. He does a nice job sniffing out plays with the change of direction skills and loose hips to quickly adjust his momentum. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/26/2012 - Sarah Wick probably doesn't look like a transformational figure for Ohio State football. She's a congenial 49-year-old mother of two teenage boys. But "Miss Sarah," as the Buckeyes players call her, is leading a quiet revolution in the program. For as many ways as the Buckeyes have spared no expense to build and maintain an elite program, one of the most basic building blocks to success went neglected until Urban Meyer was hired as coach. His holistic approach to player development includes proper diet. As hard as it may be to believe, Ohio State did not have anyone dedicated to that for its football program. Since Wick was hired, the results from players' improved diets are dramatic. Wick said the Buckeyes have lost a combined 457 pounds of fat and gained 520 pounds of muscle mass since she started her program. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins said he has lost about 25 pounds and added muscle. His body fat has dropped from about 28 percent to 21. "Once I knocked off my first 10 pounds, I felt comfortable that I could keep going," he said. "As I kept going, my body changed and I felt better each day." That has been crucial, because Marotti's offseason workouts are designed to push players to their limit. "I feel more energized," Hankins said. "I'm never tired anymore. After workouts, I always have a little more in the tank. When I was a little heavier, I was always exhausted." - Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch

07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Hankins, a junior majoring in criminology, is a rising star who has played in all 26 games the past two years including making 13 starts last season as a sophomore. He recorded 67 tackles last season - trailing the team leader by only five - and he was named honorable mention all-Big Ten. He had 11 tackles for losses totaling 24 yards plus three quarterback sacks. - Ohio State football

07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State, DT, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. - The Football Writers Association of America

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. - The Charlotte Touchdown Club

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State, DT, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. Hankins, a junior majoring in criminology, is a rising star who has played in all 26 games the past two years including making 13 starts last season as a sophomore. He recorded 67 tackles last season - trailing the team leader by only five - and he was named honorable mention all-Big Ten. He had 11 tackles for losses totaling 24 yards plus three quarterback sacks. - Ohio State football

06/11/2012 - Ohio State's defensive line received plaudits this week from Tom Dienhart, senior writer for the Big Ten Network, who ranked it as the best in the conference. "This is where it all begins for what should be a strong Buckeye defense," Dienhart wrote. He praised John Simon - as everyone does - identified Garrett Goebel and Adam Bellamy as unsung but vital cogs, saw the expected return of Nathan Williams as adding octane, then suggested that Johnathan Hankins "may be the top NFL prospect in the Big Ten." Dienhart didn't even mention Michael Bennett, who caught coach Urban Meyer's eye during spring drills. But he did point out that the unit should be even more stout with the addition of freshmen Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt. - Bob Hunter, The Columbus Dispatch

05/29/2012 - "My goal when I first got here was to win a national championship," Hankins said. "We can't play for it this year and I really want to win a national championship. So, I think next year - my senior year - we'll have a really good chance of winning it." Coming off a breakout sophomore season at Ohio State, Hankins will anchor the middle of an OSU defense that could be among the best in the Big Ten. They certainly should be one of the top teams up front defensively in the conference-with or without senior Nathan Williams-and possibly the country. "Honestly, this year we'd think we'd have a good chance of winning it (this year)," Hankins added. "But we can't play in it (due to the NCAA's postseason ban)." While senior John Simon has garnered much of the attention this spring, Hankins is every bit as valuable to the Buckeyes' success in 2012. He is coming off a year in which he finished fourth on the team with 67 total tackles. He also had 32 solo stops-an impressive number for a 330-pound defensive tackle-along with three sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Not bad for a guy who was considered a 3-star prospect in high school. "I just feel like my talents and my hard work since I've been here have paid off," said Hankins, who never got an offer from Michigan State and had to wait until late in the process to get one from the Michigan Wolverines. "I just need to continue to work towards my goals that I have and just be a leader for my team and help us win games." - Brandon Castel, The-Ozone.net

05/29/2012 - "My goal when I first got here was to win a national championship," Hankins said. "We can't play for it this year and I really want to win a national championship. So, I think next year - my senior year - we'll have a really good chance of winning it." Coming off a breakout sophomore season at Ohio State, Hankins will anchor the middle of an OSU defense that could be among the best in the Big Ten. They certainly should be one of the top teams up front defensively in the conference-with or without senior Nathan Williams-and possibly the country. "Honestly, this year we'd think we'd have a good chance of winning it (this year)," Hankins added. "But we can't play in it (due to the NCAA's postseason ban)." While senior John Simon has garnered much of the attention this spring, Hankins is every bit as valuable to the Buckeyes' success in 2012. He is coming off a year in which he finished fourth on the team with 67 total tackles. He also had 32 solo stops-an impressive number for a 330-pound defensive tackle-along with three sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Not bad for a guy who was considered a 3-star prospect in high school. "I just feel like my talents and my hard work since I've been here have paid off," said Hankins, who never got an offer from Michigan State and had to wait until late in the process to get one from the Michigan Wolverines. "I just need to continue to work towards my goals that I have and just be a leader for my team and help us win games." - Brandon Castel, The-Ozone.net

05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 5. *Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State: Blessed with a similar combination of size (6-3, 335), strength and athleticism as Dontari Poe, Hankins could see a similar rise up draft boards. Like Poe, however, Hankins' lofty grade is based more on his potential than his play thus far. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

 
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04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 33. DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State (6-3, 320, 3JR)...Although he battled fatigue issues as an every-down defender in college, Hankins carries his weight well and offers scheme versatility to win with range and power. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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