Despite being only 26 years old and still an effective player, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins went unsigned this off-season. Now, the former Ohio State star appears to have found a new NFL home.
Hankins is heading to Oakland to visit the Raiders, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The team intends to sign the six-year pro, Schefter reports.
Oakland would be Hankins' third NFL team, along with the New York Giants, who drafted him in 2013, and the Indianapolis Colts. He drew some interest from the Cleveland Browns in the summer.
Hankins is regarded as a sturdy run defender. The Raiders got gashed by Todd Gurley for 108 yards in Week 1, and badly need more defensive talent, so he should help the roster.
In four seasons with the Giants (2013-16), Hankins appeared in 52 games and made 41 starts. His best season came in 2014, when he compiled 51 tackles, seven sacks, three passes defensed and a forced fumble.
Hankins helped the Giants have one of the top run defenses in football in 2016, which propelled the team to an 11-5 record. In the off-season following that year, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
Hankins started 15 games for the Colts last fall, making 44 tackles and notching a pair of sacks.
While at Ohio State, Hankins was a first-team All-Big Ten and first-team All-American selection in 2012.