The New York Football Giants Select Johnathan Hankins in the 2nd Round

By Kyle Rowland on April 26, 2013 at 7:50p
Johnathan Hankins begins his NFL journey.

He waited an extra day, but Johnathan Hankins is now on firm footing in the NFL. The man affectionately known as "Big Hank" is now Giant Hank, and he's headed to New York. The Giants drafted Hankins in the second round with the 49th overall pick. 

An All-Big Ten selection, Hankins finished the 2012 season with 55 total tackles, including four tackles for loss and one sack. He had a career-high 10 tackles twice, against California and UAB.

Over his three-year career, Hankins had 138 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and five sacks. He appeared in 38 games and started 25.

Hankins, a native of Dearborn Heights, Mich., played in all 13 games his freshman season of 2010 and was named Ohio State’s defensive freshman of the year. His sophomore year was a breakout season. Hankins tallied 67 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss. He earned the Jack Stephenson Award, which goes to Ohio State’s outstanding defensive lineman.

Marc Ross, Director of College Scouting for the New York Giants, was impressed with Hankins' technique, saying "He has played a lot of football at Ohio State. He started and plays with good technique. He plays with good hand use. He plays with good leverage. He has got really good awareness inside to find the ball, recognize the blocking schemes."

"He just shuts people down when they try to run the ball," Ross said. "Whether it is taking on one block, two blocks, he just bangs inside and he holds the point. You need those guys to win. It helps everybody on your defense. It helps your linebackers get free. So we really like that about him."

Hankins, represented by Kevin Poston, was expected to be a first-round pick when he announced his intentions to enter the draft in December. But he underwent a precipitous fall the past four months, resulting in Ohio State having zero players drafted in the first round for the second straight year. Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, at No. 31 to Dallas, was the lone Big Ten alum taken in first round. 

Thaddeus Gibson, following the 2009 season, was the last Buckeye to forego his senior season and opt for the NFL. He was drafted in the fourth round by Pittsburgh in the 2010 NFL Draft. Hankins is the 10th Ohio State early-entry player not drafted in the first round.

In his previous 10 seasons as head coach, Urban Meyer has had 35 players drafted – five at Utah and 30 at Florida. That list includes 2005 No. 1 overall selection Alex Smith. Hankins becomes the first Meyer-coached Buckeye to hear his name called. 


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Buckeyejason's picture

The G-Men got themselves a top 10 talent and great kid! Welcome to NY Big Hank will be watching you every weekend!


Basso Profondo's picture

Congrats to Big Hank, here's to him cracking the rotation in his rookie year!

Hovenaut's picture

Great franchise, proven talent around him to learn from. Big Hank will do well in the Big Apple.

Poison nuts's picture

Alright!!...he's on a team that always has a shot to do big things so that's good. They also have tons of exposure since it's a NY team. Hoping he's able to good things there & quickly. He's got all the talent & potential to end up as a star IMHO...Go Bucks!

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Buckeyejason's picture

Doesn't hurt to have JPP and Justin Tuck playing next to you either.


Scarlatina's picture

Exactly my thoughts too.

GoBucksToledo's picture

Congrats Big Hank, tear up the league!

BuckeyeChief's picture

I may have to buy a new jersey!

"2014 National with it!!!"

alust2013's picture

The Giants' D-Line just got even more ridiculous.

...and Michigan still sucks.

sharks's picture

At least he didn't go to freaking Pittsburgh.  Getting sick of Buckeyes heading into the hills of Appalachia. 

A man got to have a code...

ohiowhitesnake's picture

Happy for Big Hank. Even happier for myself because now I have a NFL player who follows me on twitter

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

Buckeyejason's picture

Damn, Giants landed 2 first round talents in rounds 2 and 3. That's why they win titles i guess.


cplunk's picture

Them and the Steelers frustrate the f*** out of me. Every year it seems like those two teams get late round picks that shouldn't still have been available. They are just smart drafting teams.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Whooooooooooooo! G-Men!!! FINALLY a Giant I can root for and actually mean it coughmanninghamcough

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

Perfect place for Big Hank, and I still get to enjoy watching him every fall weekend.

cajunbuckeye's picture

The Saints didn't have a F#$%ING 2nd round pick. Thanks Goodell, you douchebag. Good luck, Big Hank. I would have loved to have seen you in black and gold. The Giants got a steal.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Alright!  Glad to see him end up there.  He will tear shit up and fit right in.

Class of 2010.

Alpo's picture

As a buckeye and  giant fan, I couldn't be happier with this development! Watching one of the bucks get drafted to your nfl team, doesn't get much better. Big Hank on the Big Blue? Oh yeah!!!

BrewstersMillions's picture

A lot of NFL teams can do worse than following the GMen model.
"Oh we have a lot of good D linemen? Lets get some more". You can never have enough defensive linemen. Big ups to Hank too. He will fit right in NY.
Bears were going to take him a pick later too. Damn you New York!

House804's picture

Love see Buckeyes go to an organization like the NY Giants as opposed to wasting away in Oakland or Jacksonville.  Congrats, Big Hank!
Lean McFadden to my Browns?  Ugh.  Just not a fan of 5'9" DBs. 
I hope we take OL/T/G/C Barret Jones in the 4th.

We talkin' bout practice?!  Not the game I love...the game I die for.  Practice?!

osubuck57's picture

Congrats Big Hank.Giants got a monster!! Best of luck!!


GoBlueBlood's picture

I'm a Giants fan, and know about Big Hank due to playing you guys, but I don't know as much about him as I'd like to (as a fan of the GMEN). Can someone real briefly dissect his upside? How much potential on the NFL level he has? Also, why he dropped to the mid-2nd round? Was it just a lack of production last year compared to the year prior? 
Sounds like a great kid and a very good second round pick up for us. Because of these past 6 years, I never question the draft picks made by the Giants. But I have some unanswered curiosities and I would appreciate anyone who can fill me in.
And congrats to him/OSU. If I were an OSU fan I would be extremely happy with one of my star players getting drafted highly by a franchise like the NY Giants. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

Space eater, run stopper; scouts are saying his lack of sacks, and number of snaps he can play a game and combine numbers are why he dropped; in that line he won't be playing the whole game, he will rotate in and out. I think off the bat he may push Marvin Austin (he hasn't shown much, has he?).
I am pumped!

"2014 National with it!!!"

GoBlueBlood's picture

If number of sacks/snaps for him is a concern, the Giants made a great pick. The more I read and the more I learn about him, the happier I am with the pick. Sounds like a perfect fit for our DLine unit. Thanks Chief. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

no prob. I may have to buy a new jersey!

"2014 National with it!!!"

GoBlueBlood's picture

That is where I draw the line. Support him? No doubt. Represent OSU? Ha. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

listen, I supported To omer for years, and TRIED to support Wheatley, man he was a bust.

"2014 National with it!!!"

Buckeyejason's picture

Hes a great kid, hardworker, BJ Rali type of player. Giants fan you got a STEAL!