Johnathan Hankins won’t be suiting up in scarlet and gray this year, but he’s still expecting great things from his former teammates. According to Zac Jackson of FoxSportsOhio.com, Hankins guarantees that Ohio State will reach the BCS National Championsip Game this season. “I guarantee we see Ohio State in the national championship game this year,” Hankins said. “We were supposed to be there last year, but that’s over. This time around, they’ll get it done.” The Buckeyes, of course, went undefeated during the regular season, but were banned from postseason play due to NCAA violations committed during the final stages of the Tressel era. Hankins was an integral part of that team, piling up 55 tackles while earning first team All-Big Ten honors. Hankins, who played defensive tackle for the Buckeyes, gave up his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, and he was selected in the second round by the New York Giants. His departure, in addition to the loss of Ohio
Just one draft pick in the first two days of the draft and athletes committing elsewhere. The Ohio State football program has had better weeks, for sure — but all is not lost. This is Across The Field, a regular feature on BuckeyeNation where we point you to noteworthy Buckeyes coverage here and elsewhere. Think something should be included? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. BuckeyeNation Week in Review Johnathan Hankins was the first Buckeye off the board in the draft, as expected, going to the New York Giants in the second round.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are usually well represented in the NFL draft, and this year should be no different. With a couple of players that are likely to go within the first couple of rounds, there are also a handful …
One of the biggest defensive linemen in this year’s draft, Johnathan Hankins shows surprising balance and grace for a man his size. While he does not (and won’t ever) offer much as a pass rusher, Hankins has the size, feet, …
With national signing day in the books, the next big date on the Ohio State calendar as it continues working toward an encore for an undefeated season in 2013 is spring practice. Before those workouts begin, BuckeyeNation will take a look at each position to see where the roster is at — and where it’s going. DEFENSIVE TACKLES Who’s back: The void in the middle of the defensive line is substantial, but that doesn’t mean it’s likely to become a black hole for Ohio State as it transitions to life without Johnathan Hankins and Garrett Goebel.
The Big Ten postseason player rankings have reached the dandiest dozen. As a reminder, these rankings are based solely on performance from the 2012 season. Checking in at No. 12 is a guy who might go in the first 12 picks of the April NFL draft … No. 12: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State, junior, 6-foot-3, 322 pounds Preseason rank: No. 18 2012 numbers: Had 55 tackles, including one sack and five tackles for loss. Named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.
Many of Ohio State’s greatest players weren’t five-star recruits, from A.J. Hawk to James Laurinaitis to Nick Mangold to many others. They came Columbus under the radar and went on to have solid careers both at Ohio State and in the NFL. BuckeyeNation went back as far as 2006 and scanned the recruiting classes for sleepers. Here are five from the last seven years: Johnathan Hankins (recruiting class of 2010): He was a three-star defensive tackle and the No.
The work for the 2013 season is already underway for Ohio State with the strength program in full swing, but the first moves that started shaping the potential encore effort from a perfect campaign began almost two months ago. BuckeyeNation is counting down the five biggest early developments for the team since last season ended and how they will impact the Buckeyes moving forward. No. 4: Johnathan Hankins declares for the draft Development: The Buckeyes certainly weren’t blindsided by the decision, but that doesn’t mean it still didn’t sting when Johnathan Hankins officially announced he was forgoing his senior season and making himself available for the upcoming NFL draft.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Heading into the new year and offseason workouts, BuckeyeNation will look at some holes left by the departing Ohio State veterans and potential candidates to fill them, continuing today in the trenches. DEFENSIVE TACKLE Who: The Buckeyes might have held out some slim hope that Johnathan Hankins would return for another year and a chance to compete for a championship, but with his stock already so high, that always was going to be a bonus and not an expectation heading into Urban Meyer’s second season with the program.
Johnathan Hankins has declared for the NFL draft, choosing to forego playing in his senior season at Ohio State. The decision makes sense, as he is almost guaranteed to be a first-round pick, and will most likely be a top-20 selection.…