NAME: Jake Hanson
CLASS: RS Junior
JERSEY: No. 55
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 302 lbs
PROS: Hand placement and technique are biggest calling card. Grip strength also impressively strong. Keeps elbows tucked inside and regularly wins chest plate off the snap, a feat more impressive when considering that he is responsible for snapping the football. Understands angles of OL on zone flow and does well to locate playside hand underneath defender’s armpit to establish leverage and running lanes. Has shown the ability to break down defenders hands on pass rush reps and reset their rush plans by resetting hands–an elite trait.
Targets decently well in space despite slow feet given good understanding of angles. Can win stalemates given excellent grip strength. Generally keys on stunts and blitzes well. Builds a good base and plays thick, with a boxy frame and good length. Has displacement level power in the first and second level, despite being a bit stiff in the hips. Shotgun snap location rarely a problem.
CONS: Heavy-footed and a bit of a lumberer. Feet present the biggest issue when they die halfway into a rep, especially on pass protection reps, on which he can get push-pulled or ole’d. Can be baited into over-aggressive sets in pass protection, though aggressive style of play suits strength/weakness profile. Quick slants into A-gap can also hurt him (Washington State was a problem). Shouldn’t be asked to execute long reaches on wide zone concepts, though has the headiness to recognize when he’s beat to the landmark and how to adjust.
– Benjamin Solak