Johnathan Hankins is still out of a job and on the NFL free agent market. However, the former OSU star might find his next opportunity back in the state of Ohio.
The Cleveland Browns are reportedly going to work Hankins out this week, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot. Hankins has been unsigned since the Indianapolis Colts cut him in March.
Hankins spent one year in Indy after playing his first four seasons with the New York Giants
A second-round pick of the Giants in 2013, Hankins appeared in 52 games over four seasons, making 41 starts. His best campaign came in 2014, when he recorded 51 tackles, seven sacks, three passes defensed and a forced fumble.
In 2016, Hankins helped the Giants go 11-5 by contributing to the NFL's third-best rushing defense. He made 43 tackles and added three sacks.
In his lone season with the Colts, Hankins started 15 games, compiling 44 tackles and a pair of sacks.
Regarded as a strong run defender, Hankins would provide solid depth for the Browns, if they choose to sign him. He is still only 26 years old, so it isn't like he is at the end of the line either.
While at Ohio State, Hankins was a first-team All-Big Ten and first-team All-American selection in 2012.