Positives: Hankerson has an impressive combination of size and speed for a receiver even if he is a long strider. He uses his size well to shield defenders from the ball and is reliable when catching the ball in traffic. He has good hands and can catch the ball away from his body and I have seen him make a number of impressive one handed catches. He has the speed to run past the secondary and tracks the ball well over his shoulder when going after deep passes and uses his size and athleticism to attack passes in the air. He adjusts to the ball well in the air and attacks the ball well at times. Shows some ability as a blocker and has pretty good vision when running after the catch. If he can get away from that first guy he has the straight line speed to run away from everyone.
Negatives: At times Hankerson will have issues with concentration and drop passes that he should catch. This used to be a more significant issue early in his career, but it still shows itself occasionally. He doesn’t have very good burst to get off the line or to create separation in and out of his breaks which will hinder his ability to get open consistently in the NFL. He needs to work on his route running if he is going to be a reliable NFL target.
Overall: Hankerson has intriguing ability because of his size, hands and straight line speed. He is an intriguing talent but I wonder about his upside. I don’t think he has #1 WR upside, I think he has the upside to be a good #2 WR in the NFL. He just isn’t the dominating type in my opinion and while I think he will be a productive NFL receiver I just don’t ever see him being a pro-bowl type player. If he improves his route running and keeps working on his hands he could be a very valuable #2 option in the NFL however.
Projection: Early-Mid 2nd. I don’t think he will make it out of the top 45-50 picks because he can stretch the field vertically as an outside or slot receiver and he was very productive at Miami. He has grown a lot as a receiver and he still has some upside but I just don’t think it is #1 WR upside.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 3.0
Body Control: 3.5
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