Senior Bowl Prospect - Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami


I know we have glaring holes at several positions, so WR might not be a priority, but we do need some help there too. After his unbelievable senior year where he broke single season records for receptions (72), receiving yards (1,156) and touchdowns (13), I think we have to seriously take a hard look at this beast from "The U"!  After all, he will go down as one of the all-time great WR's at Miami, and with the likes of Michael Irvin, Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne, and Andre Johnson as alum, that's pretty damn good.

Some positives and negatives after the jump.

Positives - He's a big (6'2", 210 lbs), athletic target.  Pretty good hands, which he has worked on since coming to Miami. Smooth route-runner with good release quickness off the line.  Understands zone coverage and where the soft spot is.  Can line up on the outside, as well as the slot, and has no fear going down the middle and catching balls in traffic.  Knows how to use his body to his advantage, and has good balance.  Great after the catch and hard to bring down.  Red-zone target and deep threat.  Played in a pro-style system. 

Negatives - His hands could still use improvement.  He lacked focus at times and would disappear in some of the games I watched.  Catches the ball to deep in his body sometimes.  Some say he lacks great speed, he's been clocked at 4.5 in the 40, but I have seen him create separation and get down the field when needed.  Needs improvement in run blocking area.

After the first day of practice for the Senior Bowl, Tony Pauline,, had this to say for a special - "Hankerson proved to be a handful for whomever attempted to cover him. He continually created separation and beat multiple cornerbacks deep to make the downfield catch. Hankerson did not drop a pass all day and made several difficult receptions in practice."

He has been working out with Mark Duper in the off-season, and Chris Carter was his high school receivers coach, so he's had some great teachers.   A guy in the NFL he most reminds me of right now is Marques Coston.

Here's some video of Hankerson -

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