2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (Fla.)

by Cory J. Bonini on March 8, 2011 @ 03:58:03 PDT


Miami Hurricanes wideout Leonard Hankerson leaves after his senior season for the 2011 NFL Draft. He showed improvement with every passing year at "The U" and finished his career with a 72-reception, 1,156-yard, 13-score season. Hankerson's 13 touchdowns scored set the school's single-season receiving record.


  • Quality size (6-foot-1 1/2, 209 pounds)
  • Developed into a big-play threat
  • Improved three straight years
  • Polished route-running skills
  • Leonard Hankerson, draft prospect
    Where does he fit into draft plans?
    Good body control, catches tough passes
  • Deceptive speed
  • Strong character, determined player
  • Large hands
  • Fantastic leaping ability and timing in traffic
  • Has learned from former NFL star receivers Mark Duper and Cris Carter


  • Drops too many passes
  • Mental lapses - tends to turn up the field before securing the ball
  • Not very effective after the catch
  • Doesn't explode out of breaks
  • Doesn't attack the ball consistently in traffic
  • Average effort as a blocker

Expected draft placement

Hankerson figures to be a solid second-round pick. Depending on how several wideout-hungry teams choose to use their first two picks, he could go to the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 49) in the middle of the second.

The St. Louis Rams (No. 47), Denver Broncos (No. 36, No. 46) and San Diego Chargers (No. 50, No. 61) could also opt for him during the draft's second stanza.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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