WR Hankerson Shines At Senior Bowl

The big-bodied Miami wideout made five catches for 99 yards in a South win.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Saturday, January 29th, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

It didn’t take long for Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson to make a good impression at the Senior Bowl.

Hankerson caught a 49-yard bomb on the first play from scrimmage, then followed that up with an 18-yard touchdown reception that jumpstarted a 24-10 South win in Saturday’s Senior Bowl.

He finished with five catches for 99 yards despite not playing the entire game as all the team’s receivers were worked into the mix.

If the Ravens are interested in a big-play, big-bodied wide receiver, they may take a look at the 6-foot-3 Hurricane, who is currently projected to go in the second round by NFLDraftScout.com.

Hankerson set single-season school marks for receptions (72), receiving yards (1,156) and receiving touchdowns (13) this year, surpassing former Hurricanes greats like Michael Irvin and Andre Johnson.

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome was asked at the end of the season press conference whether acquiring a big, deep-threat wide receiver would be a goal this offseason.

“If there’s an opportunity for us to get a receiver that fits the mold that you just described – if he’s there and he’s available for us – then I’m sure we’ll be happy to have him in Baltimore,” said Newsome, who was in attendance at Saturday’s game.

Another Senior Bowl standout was South outside linebacker Von Miller, who drew raves throughout the week of practice.

The Texas A&M product didn’t record a sack but was consistently in the backfield and made good reads, proving he’s more than just a premier athlete.

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, who had some rough practice sessions, impressed with his quick decision-making and accuracy. He finished 7-of-13 for 131 yards and two touchdowns, including a clinching 23-yarder to TCU’s Jeremy Kerley.

Ponder was looking for a happier transition to an NFL career after missing the ACC championship with an elbow injury and most of the Seminoles’ bowl game thanks to a concussion.

Washington quarterback Jake Locker led a touchdown drive, but also fumbled twice and was inaccurate on several throw.s

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