Johnathan Hankins
Hankins with the Giants in 2016
No. 90     
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-03-29) March 29, 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth: Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants ( 2013 2016)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-American (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Total tackles     220
Sacks     12.0
Forced fumbles     3
Fumble recoveries     2
Pass deflections     7

Johnathan Hankins (born March 29, 1992)[1] is an American football defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State, where he received All-American honors, and was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He also played a season with the Indianapolis Colts.

Early yearsEdit

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",[2] 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.[3] 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 careerEdit

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.[4] 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 careerEdit

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.[5][6] By mid-season, he had moved up to a top-10 spot.[7] In December 2012, Hankins announced that he would forgo his final year of eligibility, entering the 2013 NFL Draft.[8]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2⅞ in 320 lb33 in9½ in 5.31 s 1.85 s 3.10 s 4.61 s 7.59 s 26 in 8 ft 8 in

New York GiantsEdit

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

After Linval Joseph left the Giants for the Minnesota Vikings, Hankins was expected to step into his role in 2014. 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.

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

In the 2016 season, Hankins returned from his injury and recorded 3.0 sacks and 43 tackles. Hankins also made the playoffs for the first time in his career.

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On April 13, 2017, Hankins signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts.[11] He started 15 games in 2017, recording 44 tackles and two sacks.

On March 17, 2018, Hankins was released by the Colts.[12]

Oakland RaidersEdit

On September 13, 2018, Hankins signed with the Oakland Raiders.[13] He played in 15 games with 14 starts, recording 36 combined tackles and 2 fumble recoveries.

On March 10, 2019, Hankins signed a two-year contract extension with the Raiders.[14]


  1. "Pro Football Reference: Johnathan Hankins".
  2. "Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins to see former high school teammate, Michigan State's William Gholston, when Buckeyes play Spartans on Saturday". September 28, 2012.
  3. Michigan Postseason Top 35 2010
  4. Ohio State football: Big has its limits
  5. Prisco, Pete (April 30, 2012). "Top 32 for 2013: Barkley headlines a class that already looks deep". CBS Sports.
  6. Schrager, Peter (May 1, 2012). "Schrager's 2013 mock draft". Fox Sports.
  7. Pauline, Tony (November 8, 2012). "Barkevious Mingo, Bjoern Werner, Star Lotulelei in top 50".
  8. Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins to enter 2013 NFL Draft
  9. Eisen, Michael (November 9, 2015). "Johnathan Hankins out for season with pectoral injury". Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  10. Eisen, Michael (November 10, 2015). "Giants add DT Montori Hughes to active roster; Johnathan Hankins to IR". Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  11. Wesseling, Chris (April 13, 2017). "Johnathan Hankins, Colts agree to three-year contract".
  12. Walker, Andrew (March 17, 2018). "Colts Releasing Defensive Lineman Johnathan Hankins".
  13. "Raiders sign Hankins and McDonald; place Ellis on IR". September 13, 2018.
  14. "Raiders reportedly re-sign DT Johnathan Hankins to 2-year deal". Silver And Black Pride. March 10, 2019.

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