Video Highlights: Johnathan Hankins

Posted Apr 23, 2017

Intro: The Indianapolis Colts significantly upgraded their defensive line when they announced the signing of big man Johnathan Hankins. What does Hankins bring to the table?

INDIANAPOLIS — In the 3-4 defensive scheme, having a disruptive nose tackle that can clog things up in the middle is one heck of a precious commodity.

When that player is 25 years old and just entering the prime of his career, even better.

The Indianapolis Colts got just that April 14, when they signed Johnathan Hankins to a reported three-year, $30 million free agency deal, giving their defensive line a centerpiece it has been seeking for quite a long time.

“It’s nice to be here,” Hankins said three days later, on the team’s first day of offseason workouts.

For first-year Colts general manager Chris Ballard, head coach Chuck Pagano and defensive coordinator Ted Monachino, one might assume their response to that would be, “It’s nice to have you here.”

Hankins had taken his time finding the right fit in free agency this offseason after spending the first four seasons of his career with the New York Giants, where he was a second-round pick in 2013.

In those four years, Hankins has played in 52 total games with 41 starts, and has logged 140 tackles and 10 sacks with three forced fumbles and passes defensed apiece. He was solid last year along a talented New York defensive line, finishing with 43 tackles, three sacks and also forced a fumble that landed in the hands of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who returned it 43 yards for a touchdown.

With the Colts, Hankins will be counted on to step up his game even further. While he’ll need to be stout against the run, he’ll also hope to continue improving as a pass rusher, winning one-on-one battles against the man across from him and wreaking havoc on the quarterback.

But Hankins’ value might be just as high when he’s being double-teamed, occupying extra blockers and allowing other teammates to shoot the open gaps and make plays. When those efforts begin working more and more, fans should see the team’s ranking in yards per carry allowed — which has ranked no higher than 23rd in the league the past five seasons — see a nice increase.

“I’m just a guy that knows how to stop the run and how to affect quarterbacks and just playing together as a unit,” Hankins said of what he brings to the Colts’ defense. “There is not really a one-man thing. You need all 11 from the linebackers to the safeties to the defensive ends, to be all on the same core.”

But talk is cheap, so let’s take a look at the visual evidence to see what Hankins brings to the table:

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