It hasn't been a banner year for the Big 10. With the Giants selection of Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins with the 17th pick in the second round on Friday, the conference now has a total of four players that have been drafted through the first 49 picks.
That's a far cry from last year's draft when the Big 10 had four players selected in the first round alone.
Enough about the Big 10 though, lets talk about Hankins. The Michigan-native started a total of 25 games in his three-year career at Ohio State, including all 12 last season as the Buckeyes rolled to a perfect 12-0 record. Hankins had a two-week stretch in 2012 where he tallied 20 total tackles in Ohio State wins over Cal and Alabama-Birmingham. Hankins finished the season 55 tackles and was named a second team All-American by the Associate Press.
Hankins started in all 13 games for the Buckeyes in 2011 and saw action in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2010. Hankins' sophomore year was arguable his best when he racked up 67 tackles and three sacks, both career-highs.
In his predraft analysis of Hankins, NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler pointed out that the big defensive tackle is also rangy, "He is fluid and rangy, dropping in coverage at times and making plays up and down the line of scrimmage." Hankins should fit in well with the Giants.
Hankins joins former Buckeye Cameron Heyward as the only Ohio State defensive linemen since 2009 to be drafted in the one of the first two rounds. Heyward was taken by the Steelers with the 31st overall pick in 2011.
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