Football Intelligence –He's got a bit of a slow trigger out in space, he'll wait out a play and it's caused him to leave some plays on the field trying to shoot a gap and being half a step late to arrive. He's an experienced player who has the basics down, but not crazy about his anticipation.
Tackling –He's a super heavy hitter, provided you give him any semblance of a runway to build up momentum and blast into contact. Explosive finishing blows allow him to really impose his will on the opposition. When scraping laterally he' dive for feet, without much success.
Block Shedding –For such an explosive hitter and long armed defender, surprising how much trouble he has with sorting through contact. Will be given fits in head up situations, even by tight ends (Minnesota) in short yardage situations. Uninspiring unless carrying a full head of steam.
Competitive Toughness –He's a brawler. Like his effort to run through the face of smaller players and really throw his weight around. He isn't going to walk offensive linemen back in place but he is sturdy enough to hold his ground in such instances and hold a gap.
Lateral Mobility –Does not have the necessary range to play a feature role in the middle. He really has a hard time with pacing as he scrapes, he either over-commits on the play side or he's late to scrape and flow off the back side of the play and won't get home.
Coverage Skills –He was flexed out into the slot as a nickel hybrid safety on numerous occasions but didn't give the impression that he's got a future in that type of role: lacks the man to man coverage skill or the short area agility to stay sticky.
Gap Shooting Ability –Encouraged to play forward often and thanks to initial step quickness he does have enough spring to step forward and beat blockers into a gap. His effectiveness to square down-hill and gain ground is grossly diminished as he stretches outside the tackle box.
Feet/Change of Direction –Will overrun plays as he presses into the boundary, doesn't have the redirection skills or short area agility to come back and make a play. He's got a long lag when having to come off fading momentum, such as reps flexed out into hybrid nickel.
Flexibility –His hip mobility is pretty limiting. Not a fan of his hinges or ability to throw open his hips with any effectiveness. Won't be able to open to turn and run with receivers. Lacks the tilt and lean to really carry notable explosiveness through turns off the edge.
First Step Quickness –Initial quickness is where some explosiveness does show up on tape. He's got enough spring when he's predetermined his trajectory forward to get force build up behind his pads and bring on some thunder off the second level.
BEST TRAIT – Competitive Toughness
WORST TRAIT – Functional Athleticism
BEST FILM – Wyoming (2018)
WORST FILM – Utah State (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Terrill Hanks certainly passes the eye test as an NFL linebacker. He's thick framed and carries his weight well, but he seems to be lacking the functional athleticism necessary to project favorably to the NFL level. Hanks has some short area spurts of explosion but he struggles with changing directions and long range, he's no where near the same athlete when he's tasked with playing laterally or isolated out in space. He's a difficult player to project a permanent role to.
ROUND GRADE - Sixth Round