Leonard Hankerson

Leonard Hankerson scouting report

Leonard Hankerson WR Miami FL
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 209

Strengths:
Prototypical size and speed to be a No. 1 receiver at the next level. Impressive athleticism. Great leaping ability; capable of going up in traffic and coming down with the tough catch. Will make acrobatic catches look easy at times. Huge hands for height. Strong enough to fight through press coverage. One of the most productive receivers in Miami history.
Weaknesses:
Terribly inconsistent. He’ll make a tough catch in traffic on one play, and let a ball bounce off his hands on the next. Route running is very average. Looks sloppy and disinterested at times. Looks hesitant when going across the middle; prefers to go deep and use his leaping ability to make catches. Many of his mistakes appear to come from nothing more than a lack of focus.
Comments:
Hankerson is talented, but he never fully lived up to expectations. His impressive 2010 stats should be taken with a grain of salt; Jacory Harris targeted him on nearly every passing play. Players like Hankerson that lack focus and struggle with drops and route running in college rarely make a significant improvement at the next level. He’ll probably be a frustrating player who occasionally looks like a No.1, but can just as easily be taken out of a game by more polished, fundamentally sound defensive backs.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off

Senior Bowl notes, thoughts, rumors

I like Kaepernick's potential, but don't get carried away with projecting his place in the draft

- Colin Kaepernick is getting a lot of love this week, which prompted ProFootballTalk to hype him up as a potential 1st or 2nd round pick, comparing his potential rise to that of Jay Cutler in 2006. First of all, Cutler had clear NFL-talent and was viewed as a potential 1st-round pick long before the Senior Bowl. Kaepernick was never in that category, and never will be. He has big arm and is good athlete, but so was Spergon Wynn. Kaepernick’s mechanics are shaky and his accuracy is mediocre. He’s a developmental prospect and shouldn’t come off the board before the 4th round at the absolute earliest.

- Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net has tossed out the rumor that Owen Marecic may not be interested in the NFL. He’s an intelligent kid with a Stanford education and certainly has other career options, but who in their right mind would turn down a chance at a NFL salary? Very bizarre story. Hopefully he sticks with it and at least gives football a chance.

- Another great note from Pauline:  ”When discussing the player’s history and off the field concerns, a source close to [Da'Quan] Bowers said, ‘He admits he was a jackass his first two years at Clemson.’ Then the source reiterated something TFY reported earlier discussing how the death of his father really matured the young underclassmen greatly.” Interesting stuff. Bowers was an underachiever through his first two years before emerging as a dominant force as a senior. The only real concern I have with Bowers is the potential that he was a one-year wonder motivated by a NFL contract – if Pauline’s source is correct, NFL teams may be less concerned after getting to know Bowers a little better during the interview process.

- Leonard Hankerson is another player getting praised for his performance this week. My only response to that is: you have to watch him on film to get to know the real Hankerson. There’s no denying his talent, but when it comes time to perform in game situations he’s a choke artist. He drops too many passes and looks lost at times on the field. It’s hard to watch him in games and not question his focus and effort. Take everything he does in offseason workouts with a big grain of salt.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft 3 Comments

NFL Draft Stock Watch

Janoris Jenkins – CB – Florida
Jenkins had one of his more difficult tasks this weekend when lined up against LSU’s Terrence Toliver. With a four to five inch height advantage, Toliver beat Jenkins easily on a number of plays. But perhaps the most telling moment of the game came on LSU’s final play when Florida had Jeremy Brown – not Jenkins – was lined up against Toliver, who scored the winning touchdown. I currently have Jenkins in the 1st round of my mock draft, but I’m starting to think he lacks the ability to match up against more physical receivers, making him a better 2nd or 3rd round pick.

Leonard Hankerson – WR – Miami FL
Hankerson has the size and speed to be an elite receiver, but he is far too inconsistent. He routinely drops very catchable balls, and did so a number of times against Florida State on Saturday. He reminds me of Braylon Edwards – he’ll make one spectacular play, and follow it up with a ball that bounces off his hands. At this level drops are caused by nothing more than a lack of focus, and if a player can’t focus in college I don’t trust his ability to focus when he’s earning million of dollars in the NFL.

DeMarcus Love – OT – Arkansas
I continue to waver on who I think is the top tackle in this year’s class, which is probably evidence that this is a very weak class. The more I watch Love, the more he reminds me of Alex Barron. He has elite athleticism and can block anyone when he’s focused. However, he’s caught out of position far too often and gets called for too many penalties. Over the past three games, Love has been called for four penalties (three false starts and one holding). The false start penalties are actually most concerning because they speak to his lack of football intelligence and his focus on the field.

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 03: A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs pulls in this touchdown reception against Chris Hawkins #29 of the Louisiana State University Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It's safe to call Green a 1st-round lock

A.J. Green – WR – Florida
Green entered the season as my No. 1 wide receiver, but I thought it was a close call between him and Julio Jones. After watching Green’s performance this season, there is no longer any doubt. He is a truly elite prospect, on par with recent top picks such as Dez Bryant and Calvin Johnson.

Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson
Bowers came to Clemson as a highly touted recruit but failed to live up to expectations in his first two years. Now, as a junior, Bowers is starting to show why he was viewed as an elite talent in high school. He has already recorded six sacks, two more than his career total entering this season. He has established himself as a likely 1st-round pick if he chooses to leave school early.

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