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CollegeFootballNews.com did a write up on replacements for 2013 early entries. here is what they had to say about Big Hank and his replacement(s)...
DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
Opens the door for… Adolphus Washington or Tommy Schutt.
Hankins’ career decision was little surprise, which is why the staff tried in 2012 to get valuable reps for both of its coveted five-star rookies. While Schutt is more of a prototypical run-stuffer, Washington showed the quick first step and athleticism to collect three sacks in limited playing time as a reserve.
A lot of people think that Washington will be a DT next season but I'm convinced he is our starting SSDE next year as he can rush from the edge very well
I posted in another thread a few months back and said that The discussion could be had that from a talent perspective we are actually getting many upgrades along the Dline. Now, that being said you don't just replace all that experience and not have some growing pains along the way. However I think once the light clicks on for all these guys at the same time...Lights out!
Exactly, from simply looking at talent they are better but they aren't stronger or more experienced so I think this position group will be up AD down all season. They'll probably have a better pass rush but worse at run d.
I agree, I believe Washington will stay at ssde and Bennett will be moved inside.
Can't just run around like a nut!
im with you guys. Washington is too athletic to slide him inside.
Here's what some are saying about Big Hank.
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Projecting Best-Case Scenario 1st Round
BY JON DOVE (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON JANUARY 18, 2013 13,782 reads 70
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32. New England Patriots
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Pick: Johnathan Hankins, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State
Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins is a massive defensive lineman who possesses some explosiveness. He has shown the ability to occupy space, stuff the run and make plays away from his frame. The New England Patriots are the type of team that would jump at the chance to add someone this talented so late in the first round.
The issue with Hankins is that he lacks the consistent motor to warrant a higher pick. Players who struggle with effort are at a high risk to fail in the NFL.
New England's organizational structure is so sound that it can take a risk on a player like Hankins. Veteran leaders like Vince Wilfork and Tom Brady will make a point to help Hankins stay focused.
I noticed Mike Edwards from Glenville (U of Hawaii) is also on the list. I remember the kid wanted to be a Buckeye but didn't make it for whatever reason. Anyone know how his career turned out? Can't be all that bad if he's leaving early for the NFL.
That's the old way of Ohio State thinking. Natl. Championship thinking slides him inside and lines up two other beasts on the outside who can make tackles look silly.
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