Terrill Hanks

New Mexico State
LB22

Prospect Info

College
New Mexico State
Hometown
Class
FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
242 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.25
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.98
Seconds
 
Bench Press
21
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
118.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Hanks went from a football hotbed in Miami, where he had 100 tackles as a senior at Immaculata LaSalle High School, to matriculate to Las Cruces. The move paid off early as he started 11 of 12 games and racked up 81 stops, 6.5 for loss, three interceptions, and seven pass breakups. He led the Aggies with 12 tackles for loss in 2016 among his 103 tackles, as well as two interceptions and five PBUs in 12 games (11 starts). Sun Belt coaches named his honorable mention all-conference in 2017 after he was credited with 111 tackles, 15 for loss, seven sacks, two interceptions, and four PBUs. Hanks was one of four players on NMSU to have 100-plus tackles in 2018 despite only starting nine games due to an ankle injury (101 tackles, 33 solos, 8.5 for loss, one INT, two PBUs).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
Linebacker prospect with productive four-year resume to catch the attention of the scouting community. Hanks is active and plays downhill, but he can be overactive and inefficient in his flow to the ball, leading to missed run fits and tackles. He is an average athlete in space so he will need to improve his play strength and recognition quickness in order to be more than a backup and special teams contributor.
Strengths
  • Versatile with experience inside, in space and as a rusher
  • Inclination is to flow downhill
  • Comes to the party looking to be a forceful striker
  • Forced seven fumbles during his college career
  • Decent straight-line trigger speed to tackle
  • Attacks tight ends with aggressive hands and wide base
  • Shows feel for angles on twists as rusher
  • Productive in coverage with eight career interceptions
  • Gets physical in redirecting tight ends and slots
  • Core special-teams player as a senior
Weaknesses
  • Pack tackler who finished college career with more assists than solos
  • Shows tendency to overflow run fits and contain positioning
  • Struggles to leverage gaps with adequate anchor
  • Below-average body control through block engagement
  • Hand usage to play off blocks is uneven
  • Becomes block magnet in space
  • Sluggish to sink and change direction
  • Lacks desired twitch and agility as open-field tackler
  • Grabby in coverage
  • Lacks eye balance between quarterback and his receiver
GRADE
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