Hankerson may be Third Best WR in Draft

April 05, 2011 | Brian Billick

Miami’s Leonard Hankerson has been a budding prospect since his 2009 season of 45 receptions for 801 yards and six touchdowns.  He followed that up with a senior year campaign in which he broke the single season records for receptions (72), receiving yards (1,156), and receiving touchdowns (13).  Hankerson is a two-year starter for the Hurricanes and a team captain.

On the field, he is surprisingly quick in and out of breaks and catches the football with his hands rather than in hid body.  He is a big frame target that has a nice long arms to make for a big catch radius for the quarterback to throw into.  Additionally, he uses those long arms to get off press coverage by holding the corner off his pads.  He wasn’t just a one trick pony that caught deep jump balls over and over, he ran routes of the passing tree, very similar to what NFL teams will ask of him.

Hankerson backed up his very productive final year, with a stellar performance at the Senior Bowl in Mobile.  He quickly became one of the more trusted receivers and was targeted frequently in practice and in the game.

The biggest question mark for Hankerson was his top end speed, but he quickly dissolved those doubts by running a 4.43 forty-yard dash at the Scouting Combine.  4.43 was the exact time of Maryland’s Torrey Smith, the supposed burner of the draft.  In comparison, Hankerson gives an NFL team much more diversity and consistency at the wide receiver position.