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Scouting the Draft: Leonard Hankerson, Miami

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  April 11, 2011 07:30 AM

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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.

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