Name: WR Leonard Hankerson
Size: 6'2, 209 lbs
Expected Round: 2nd
40 Time: 4.40s
Career Stats: Click Here.
Strengths: Has quick straight line speed. Willing blocker in both the run and passing game. Big target who can complement many receivers. Willing to take a hit in the open field. Hankerson is able to make the big catch and can go up for the ball to pluck it out of the air. His NFL high is to be a player like Braylon Edwards.
Weaknesses: Not quick and doesn't play as fast as his 40 time. Has a terrible case of the dropsies. Not very explosive off the snap and he doesn't force deep coverage with his game speed. He's got the chance to be more of a Pierre Garcon- not the worst, but better off on the bench.
Why and Why Not the Patriots after the jump, and my final verdict!
Why the Patriots?: If the Patriots want a big target to spread the field, Hankerson might be that guy. While defenses won't be afraid of his speed on the field, he'll still be able to push defenses and keep them honest and away from the line. He's the most prolific receiver in Miami history, and that includes the likes of Andre Johnson and Michael Irvin. Now he won't be confused for them on the field, but the fact that his name is mentioned alongside theirs is a testament to his ability.
Why Not the Patriots?: If the Patriots want a player to spread the field, they already have Brandon Tate. There's no room for another project receiver with a low floor, especially with the case of the dropsies. With Taylor Price also in the wings, I don't see the Patriots' using another roster spot on a wide receiver.
Verdict: I'm not that thrilled about Hankerson as a prospect. Any player who struggles with drops will give everyone headaches and, in the NFL and with the Patriots, will find their way to the bench. The Patriots' offense runs on players doing their job and moving the chains. Dropping catchable balls are not goal congruent. Pass on Hankerson.