The fifth-year Hankerson never broke out in Washington, hampered by injuries and a constantly churning list of underwhelming names under center. He failed to catch a pass last season after missing the first nine games of the year with the torn ACL he suffered late in 2013. It says something that Falcons play-caller Kyle Shanahan, who coached Hankerson with the Redskins, went to bat for him.
Hankerson's 6-foot-2, 211-pound frame gives coaches something to work with, but he looms as little more than a dose of depth behind Julio Jones and Roddy White. Look for the former University of Miami star to compete for snaps with Devin Hester and whomever else the Falcons import between now and camp.
A third-round pick in 2011, Hankerson showed moments of promise before the knee injury. The Falcons are banking on the young receiver climbing back on track come September.