Photo of Darius Hanks
Grade
54.2 ?
  • 4.66 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 3/4" Arm Length
  • 184LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Hanks often played second fiddle to late-round prospect Marquis Maze throughout his time at Alabama, but there were many characteristics displayed by Hanks that could make him the better all-around pro. First off, he has the size. He has the hands to compete and start at the next level, and he runs good routes to get himself open and create plays for himself. He is a smooth mover who looks like a natural receiver. He came into his own as a redshirt sophomore, where he started half of the games and went on to start 95 percent of the rest of his career. He suffered a shoulder injury as a freshman and had some durability concerns throughout his career, but the natural feel of his game and his experience playing at a high level make him a late-round value to a team hoping he can learn to play special teams as well.

Analysis

Strengths

Hanks is a smooth mover who looks natural when working off the line of scrimmage and into his route. He isn't physical to get off the line and can get jammed at times, but he has shown the ability to stem his routes, get defenders off balance, and then work back in-phase. Hanks has outstanding hands and catches nearly ever ball thrown his way. He can separate from defenders at the top of his routes and is a speed-cut guy who likes to get corners off balance before quickly breaking away from them. He is good to get to full speed and catch a ball in front of him, or throttle down enough to torque his body and make the difficult catch.

Weaknesses

Hanks is not an explosive or physical receiver. He has good speed but doesn't move quickly in short areas, as he often isn't quick enough at the line when trying to break down and block a defender. He isn't a very strong player and doesn't break many tackles after the catch. He doesn't create much for himself in the short passing game and wouldn't be a great option out of the slot, as he doesn't create his own plays and wouldn't be a threat during screen plays. He is effective as a deep threat but doesn't bring much else to the table.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.