Giants second-year defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins was a surprise second round pick out of Ohio State in 2013 and is coming into his own this summer. Hankins, Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson are expected to get the bulk of the Giants’ snaps in the DT rotation (Orr, July 18).
Hankins (6-2, 320-pounds) has “taken a pretty big leap over the summer” and is expected to step in for the departed Linval Joseph after 12 tackles and a hurry last year in 195 snaps.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
“Big Hank” as he was known in Columbus, was taken by the Giants during a rush on defensive linemen in the second round in last April’s draft. He has all the attributes to be an ample replacement for Joseph (at the least) and a possible Pro Bowl talent (at the most).
Hankins was a workhorse at Ohio State, playing nearly every down, which led to scouts labeling him as a slacker late in games. He was just tired. With the Giants, he’ll play no more than 65-70% of the snaps, which should keep him fresh.