According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns will be working out free agent defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins this week.
Former Buckeye DL Johnathan Hankins will work out for the #Browns this week— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) August 14, 2018
Hankins, the former Ohio State product, was a 2nd round pick in 2013 by the New York Giants. He played there from 2013-2016, starting 41 games. Last year, Hankins signed a 3-year, $30 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts. He started 15 games and registered 44 tackles and 2 sacks, but was released in mid-March. He is still working out, though, trying to find his next team:
Last year with Indianapolis, Hankins thrived as an interior run defender:
Johnathan Hankins will give a boost to the run defense of whichever team signs him pic.twitter.com/upZSehxrkj— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 22, 2018
With Danny Shelton traded and Trevon Coley and Caleb Brantley nursing injuries, the Browns’ once-deep defensive tackle rotation is now quite thin. Adding Hankins would help bring their depth back to the level it was a year ago.