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Hankerson could be rookie starter
Posted Jun. 10 at 09:39 PM
Wide receivers starting as rookies isn't a new idea these days, with Jeremy Maclin, Michael Crabtree and Mike Williams among the players to have done so the last two seasons. Another strong candidate for the list is Washington rookie Leonard Hankerson.
The third-rounder out of Miami joins a team that could lose Santana Moss in free agency, and doesn't have much else at the position -- Anthony Armstrong, incredibly, was the team's only other wideout with even 200 receiving yards last season. Writers from CSN Washington discuss the situation at this link.
The lockout could hurt Hankerson's ability to make an immediate impact, but he has ideal size (6-2, 209) and played in a pro style offense at Miami; he also stayed for his senior season. He was one of the more productive players at the Senior Bowl, as well.
Hankerson has a reputation for the occasional drop; that and the shortened preseason will work against him starting as a rookie. But the opportunity figures to be there for him, and thus far he doesn't seem to be getting as much interest in early drafts as Cleveland's Greg Little or Kansas City's Jonathan Baldwin (after obvious top picks A.J. Green and Julio Jones). Somebody to keep an eye on when the lockout ends.
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