A once-a-day look at a draft prospect that either has been targeted for the Patriots in a mock draft, has had a private workout for New England or has made an official visit to Gillette Stadium. In the end, mocks are good for discussion and workouts and interviews could be a smokescreen or a sign of real interest, but these are players who make sense as being on the Pats’ radar for the upcoming draft.
Name: WR Leonard Hankerson, Miami (Fla.)
Height, weight: 6-2, 209 pounds
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
Senior season stats: 13 games (11 starts); 72 receptions for 1,156 yards (16.1 ypc), 13 touchdowns [receiving yards and touchdowns were single-season school records]
Career stats: 41 games (27 starts); 134 receptions for 2,160 yards (16.1 ypc), 22 touchdowns
Honors: first-team All-ACC, Harding Award (Hurricanes’ team MVP)
Combine: 40 dash – 4.43; bench – 14 reps; vertical – 36 in.; broad jump – 9-9; 3-cone – 6.94s
Why he’s a fit for the Pats: Scouts and draftniks say Hankerson runs solid routes and has a strong work ethic – two things that would serve him well with Tom Brady as his quarterback. Hankerson isn’t a burner, but he has good height, tracks the ball well and will go across the middle. One caveat: while he can make the tough catches, he drops a few too many easy balls.