The Cleveland Browns will work out defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins at some time this week, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. This will be Hankins’ first known meeting with a team since April.
Last year, Hankins was among the league’s most sought-after free agent defensive tackles. It’s not clear why his market value has diminished, but it could be about how much a team is willing to give him on a one-year prove it all over again type contract. He should catch on with the Browns, as he could be a valuable member on the defensive line.
In addition, Hankins is a decent pass rusher, but he could offer a ton of help on goal line and running downs, as he is a great run stopper. According to Pro Football Focus, he was top three in stopping the run with Damon Harrison and Ndamukong Suh ranking ahead of him.
Finally, Trevon Coley and Caleb Brantley are dealing with ankle injuries, so Hankins could provide the club with a healthy alternative. If signed, Hankins would almost certainly start in the team’s 4-3 scheme due to his experience and talent level. He can play in both the 4-3 (New York Giants) and 3-4 (Indianapolis Colts) schemes.
Hankins Career Stats: 67 games, 12 sacks, 113 total tackles, 3 forced fumbles