After witnessing last nights MNF debacle first hand, I believe it's clear that we need to commit providing Donavan McNabb with the appropriate weapons in order succeed in this offense.
The Eagles put on a showcase with the talent they had gathered for McNabb, and proved to us all that it's gonna take more than Anthony Armstrong, Joey Galloway and Keiland Williams in order to compete with the best teams in the NFC, let alone the NFL.
Leanord Hankerson is looking like a young Reggie Wayne this season, while eclipsing his career best 10 TDs with 11 so far this season.
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In fact, with his 11th touchdown grab of the year, that came in the form of a game winner versus Georgia Tech, tied him with Michael Irvin for most in a single season by a MIami receiver.
LH stands at 6'2" 3/8 and weighs in at 205 Ibs, so basically dude has the prototypical build for an NFL WR. He has increased his totals in receptions, yards and touchdowns in each of his four seasons at Miami.
The senior receiever has only been kept out of the end zone twice this season through ten games, and has had at least 3 receptions in each contest. He's eclipsed 80 yards receiving six times so far and his best game of the season came on October 2nd where he put up and impressive 7 rec. for 132 yds and 3 Td's.
They call him old man Hank because of his throw back style of play. Physically he reminds me of Andre Johnson, but isn't the burner that Johnson has become. His play style reminds me a lot of Johnson's former teammate, UM great and Superbowl Champ Reggie Wayne. Though he can get overtop of the secondary and make deep plays, he doesn't shy away from the middle of the field. He has been impressive after the catch and proven that when the ball is in his hands he can take it the distance. So all in all, he's an outstanding playmaker; something the Redskins Offense has been unable to find this season.
His stock is currently on a sharp incline. He's currently projected as the 12th best receiver by ESPN draft rankings, but it's obvious that info is out dated. Other mock sites have him as a fringe late 1st early 2nd round pick, but honestly it'd be almost impossible to gauge where his stock may be come draft time because of how much hype is involved in the process. One good or bad interview/workout could either shoot him into the top 15 or send him into the 3rd, it'd be almost foolish to blindly speculate at this point though.
I know what many of your are thinking, we have too many holes to spend another high pick on a WR. We need upgrades at Center, both Guards, Running Back, Defensive End, Nose Tackle, Outside and Inside Linebackers, Corner and Free Safety. A veteran team like ours should be full of solid, dependable starters who can compete with anyone on any given Sunday. Without the Playmakers on offense though, we're going to be depending on McNabb to literally carry us on his back night in and night out. And just like last night, more times than not, we'll get overwhelmed (and embarrassed).
Whether it's in the middle of the first or maybe the top of the 2nd, we should make our best effort to get Leanord Hankerson on our team. We've loaded our defense with playmakers (seems funny to say after giving up almost 60) and now it's time we make that same investment in on O. Check out some of his moves below in a video from Canes Insider. Thanks for reading.
[HD] Leonard Hankerson - Biletnikoff Award Watch List (via CaneInsider)