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An Intriguing Prospect-Leonard Hankerson



            I know a lot of colts fans would like to see an OT drafted in the first, a DT in the second, and some secondary help later on. However, though I agree that the colts should take a OT with the first pick, the second round may be where we can find Leonard Hankerson (The U), who has the talents to be a franchise wide reciever.


             Many of you will say that we already have enough wide recievers, or that Pierre Garcon can be 'that' guy. Garcon has been good, but elite? No. Yeah we got Reggie Wayne and he is going to be solid the next couple of years, considering he was named an all-pro selection despite playing with guys from "The Replacements" the whole season. However, we really need a playmaker with speed, hands, consistency, and route-running opposite Wayne. Garcon only has one of those traits. Hankerson is an underrated guy that has all of them.

             At 6'3 215 pounds Hankerson is not the typical small colts reciever. Not only can he stretch the field, but he has strong hands and the route running skills needed to create separation at the next level. Oh yeah, and he can make plays like this. Most importantly, he has shown the willingness to work. His first two years, Hankerson displayed inconsistency in key moments. However, he decided to work hard and get better, whether it be working out with former NFL wide reciever Mark Duper or our current star Reggie Wayne(Works out at the U in offseason).

              All these things aside, we know what the colts value most: production. If you take a look at Hankerson's career stats, you'll see a kid that has dramatically improved every year, culiminating in a senior year in which he caught 72 passes for 1,156 yards and a single season Miami record 13 TD's in a pro-style system, the same one Reggie Wayne came from. All in all, this kid has worked his way into being one of the greatest recievers in the history of The University of Miami. Why would a kid like this fall to the second round? Because bigger names like AJ Green, Julio Jones, and Jonathan Baldwin have also entered this draft, and Hankerson hasn't had the same amount of hype or team success (in Jones's case) that those other guys have had. If he falls to the number 44 selection in the second round, the Colts would be well served to take this kid. (Trading up in the second is not out of the question either)

               What do you guys think?

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