The offeseason additions of wide receivers Pierre Garçon and Josh Morgan could pay big dividends for Redskins’ receiver Leonard Hankerson.
With Garçon, Morgan and Hankerson among a talented nucleus of receivers that also includes Anthony Armstrong, Santana Moss, Terrence Austin and others, some experts — like ESPN’s Mel Kiper — think Hankerson could be primed for a breakout season as a serious deep threat in 2012.
Kiper recently listed his players “prepped to make a leap” in their second year in the NFL for a piece with ESPN.com. The 12 players who made the list, Kiper said, didn’t have a “really great rookie year,” but could “make a big jump in their second year.”
The lone Redskin on Kiper’s list was Hankerson, the 6-2 receiver out of the University of Miami. Here’s what Kiper had to say about Hankerson’s prospects for the 2012 season:
“I thought Hankerson was just about to really get it going last year when a hip injury derailed his season. While the Redskins went out and made several moves at wide receiver, I think Hankerson could put up big numbers as a down-the-field threat in Mike Shanahan’s offense. He’s a bigger target, something this offense lacks otherwise, outside of tight end Fred Davis.”
In his rookie season in 2011, Hankerson caught 13 passes for 163 yards — good enough for 12.5 yards per reception.
Also making the list from the NFC East were New York Giants’ defensive tackle Marvin Austin and Dallas Cowboys’ offensive lineman Tyron Smith.
The nine other players included:
- - Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, New York Jets;
- - Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans;
- - Marcell Dareus, DT, Buffalo Bills;
- - Robert Quinn, DE, St. Louis Rams;
- - Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings;
- - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers;
- - Justin Houston, OLB, Kansas City Chiefs;
- - Clyde Gates, WR, Miami Dolphins; and
- - Jimmy Smith, CB, Baltimore Ravens
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