Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Ohio State’s big defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins will forgo his senior season and apply for April’s NFL draft.
His decision was based on the review of NFL personnel people that had him ranked as the ninth-best player eligible for the 2013 draft.
It means an eight-figure contract. The ninth player taken in the 2012 draft, linebacker Luke Kuechly, signed a four-year contract with the Carolina Panthers worth $12.58 million.
Hankins said that when he talked with his family, they felt it was a good opportunity and that he should take advantage of it.
If the NFL survey had come back with a much lower rank, Hankins said it likely would have given him pause.
Hankins was coming off an all-Big Ten year in which he was a major factor in the Buckeyes’ 12-0 record and No.3 ranking in the Associated Press poll.
He said he enjoyed his time at Ohio State, and the prospect of perhaps being elected as a captain in 2013 intrigued him.
“I’ve been here for three years, and next year would have been my senior year with the guys who came in withme. That made it hard to make that decision,” said Hankins.