Hankerson Goes in Third Round to the Redskins

Hankerson Becomes a Redskin

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Leonard Hankerson became the third Hurricane chosen in the 2011 NFL draft as the wide receiver was taken in the third round with the 79th overall selection by the Washington Redskins. Hankerson joins former teammates (Orlando Franklin – 2nd round to Denver) and Brandon Harris (2nd round to Houston) as Canes drafted so far.

Hankerson enjoyed arguably the best statistical season by a wide receiver in Miami history in 2010. He became just the third player in program history to record a 1,000-yard receiving season and the first to have 2,000 yards for a career and 1,000 in a season. His 22 receiving touchdowns rank third all-time at Miami behind Michael Irvin (26) and Lamar Thomas (23). Hankerson is also one of only three players in school history with back-to-back 800-yard receiving seasons (Irvin, Andre Johnson). He caught a pass in 26 straight games dating back to Sept. 7, 2009, played in 41 games over his career (2007-2010) and earned First-Team All-ACC and SI.com All-America honorable mention honors his senior season. The Fort Lauderdale native wrapped up his career with 2,160 receiving yards on 134 receptions.

Hankerson is the 10th Hurricane to be drafted by the Redskins all-time, joining a list of names that includes Rocky McIntosh (2006), Sean Taylor (2004) and Kenard Lang (1997).

He joins McIntosh and other former Canes Santana Moss, Philip Buchanon and Joe Joseph on the Redskins’ current roster.

WR Leonard Hankerson (79th in 2011)
LB Rocky McIntosh (35th in 2006)
S Sean Taylor (5th in 2004)
DE Kenard Lang (17th in 1997)
LB Twan Russell (148th in 1997)
RB Larry Jones (103rd in 1995)
RB Keith Griffin (279th in 1984)
LB Scott Nicolas (310th in 1982)
B Don Bosseler (1st in 1957)
B Whitey Rouviere (9th in 1956)

OG Orlando Franklin – 2nd round (46th overall) to the Denver Broncos
CB Brandon Harris – 2nd round (60th overall) to the Houston Texans
WR Leonard Hankerson – 3rd round (79th overall) to the Washington Redskins