Photo of James Hanna
Drafted By: Cowboys

Combine Results

65.0 ?
  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.76 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.11 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.43 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: Hanna is a sneaky fast pass catcher with improving hands and ball skills. He could emerge as a dynamic No. 2 tight end with the ability to create mismatches in space.

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 252LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands


Hanna is a thick tight end who is much more of a crafty receiving threat than he is a blocker, and has been consistent throughout his two years as a starter at Oklahoma. He is a good catcher and can adjust well to poorly thrown balls, even with a man draped over him. Hanna is a straight-line runner who isn't very good at maneuvering in his routes, but his speed is deceptive and he just possesses the "it" factor when it comes to making a catch at the top of his routes. He is a limited prospect who could be taken in the late rounds of the draft, but he will come in, compete and potentially make a team based off his willingness to play special teams and skills as a pass-catching tight end. He only had two catches for 18 yards against Iowa in the Insight Bowl, which wasn't far off his average and about what type of player he is: reliable to make a few tough catches, but not going to have any sort of "Rob Gronkowski-type production" from the position anytime soon.



Hanna can catch the ball when it is thrown in his area. He is athletic, and can maneuver his body at full speed to reach around or over a defender to make a catch. He is an aware player who is reliable to pick up a first town. He has a tight torso and can spin around to make a catch, then turn, run and roll over safeties. He understands how to run good routes. Actually running them at the next level will be a different story, however.


Hanna is not a very fast player and isn't athletic off the ball. He struggles when mauled at the line. The scouting report on him at the next level will be to get a bigger linebacker to disrupt his route early and prevent him from ever getting into space. He can catch a contested ball, but he isn't tough across the middle -- there were many times during the 2011 season when an oncoming safety gave him "alligator arms" and he was caught ducking under balls to avoid the hit. He is better when a guy is running with him in man coverage and he doesn't have to worry about a big blow, but the fact that he doesn't display toughness down field or when working as a blocker on the line makes him a limited prospect overall.
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.