Johnathan Hankins

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Johnathan Hankins
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Johnathan Hankins in training camp, 2016
No. 95 – Indianapolis Colts
Position: Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-03-29) March 29, 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth: Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school: Detroit (MI) Southeastern
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2017
Total tackles: 156
Sacks: 11.0
Forced fumbles: 3
Passes defensed: 5
Player stats at

Johnathan Hankins (born March 29, 1992) is an American football nose tackle for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State, where he received All-American honors.

Early years[edit]

Hankins was born in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. He began his high school football career as a 255-pound offensive guard in his freshman year. For his sophomore year he transferred to Southeastern High School, where he started on the defensive line. Five-star prospect William Gholston transferred to Southeastern in 2008, creating the "best defense in Detroit",[1] with Hankins shutting down the inside and Gholston patrolling on the edge.

Hankins was regarded as a three-star recruit by, and was listed as the No. 20 prospect from Michigan in the class of 2010.[2] He intended to accompany Gholston to Michigan State, but did not get any offer from the Spartans. Hankins eventually picked Ohio State over offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

College career[edit]

Hankins enrolled in Ohio State University, where he played for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2010 to 2012. As a true freshman, Hankins made the Buckeyes rotation and recorded 16 tackles (3 solo) plus a quarterback sack for the season. He weighed in as a freshman "at about 350, 355," and was regarded as only a two-down player by defensive coordinator Jim Heacock. By his sophomore year, Hankins managed to get his weight down to 330.[3] He became a starter, registering 67 tackles (32 solo) and three sacks. Following his 2012 junior season, he was a first-team All-Big Ten Conference selection, and received first-team All-American honors from

Professional career[edit]

Even though Hankins only entered his junior season in 2012, he was projected to leave Ohio State early. In preseason mock drafts from May 2012, Hankins was listed as a mid first-rounder for the 2013 NFL Draft.[4][5] By mid-season, he had moved up to a top-10 spot.[6] In December 2012, Hankins announced that he would forgo his final year of eligibility, entering the 2013 NFL Draft.[7]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 2 78 in
(1.90 m)
320 lb
(145 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
5.31 s 1.85 s 3.10 s 4.61 s 7.59 s 26 in
(0.66 m)
8 ft 8 in
(2.64 m)
All values from NFL Combine[8][9]

New York Giants[edit]

Hankins was drafted in the second round, 49th overall by the New York Giants in the 2013 NFL Draft.

2014 season[edit]

After Linval Joseph left the Giants for the Minnesota Vikings, Hankins was expected to step into his role. Known as a run stuffer, Hankins surprisingly showed flashes as a pass rusher recording 7 sacks, 6 QB hits and 21 hurries. Hankins exceeded expectations as he recorded 51 tackles, 7 sacks and a forced fumble and was named to Pro Football Focus' AllPro Team at Defensive Tackle.

2015 season[edit]

On November 8, 2015, Hankins tore his pectoral muscle during the second quarter of the week 9 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[10] He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on November 10, 2015.[11]

2016 season[edit]

Hankins returned back from his injury for the 2016 NFL season. He had a bounce back season, recording 3.0 sacks and 43 tackles. Hankins also made the playoffs for the first time in his career.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On April 13, 2017, Hankins signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts.[12]


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