Draft Breakdown: James Hanna


6th round/16th pick/186th overall

College Career Stats: 53 games, 52 receptions for 720 yards and 9 touchdowns

Pro: Has a nose for the end zone; seven of his 18 receptions in 2010 went for touchdowns… Excellent body control; makes impossible catches that just drop your jaw… Will provide a team with a good red zone target; makes himself bigger than the nearly 6’4″ that he is… A nightmare for most safeties to tackle; always looking to run over a smaller player and he can do it well… Pretty athletic but especially in the air; has shown the ability to go up and over players at full speed and make surreal catches… Posted some of the best numbers for tight ends at the combine; including a 4.49-40 and a 36½” vertical leap… Knows how to run good routes; was used as a QBs’ safety valve and can bail them out of tough situations… May have to start out on special teams but should find a role in the league… Production rose each year in college and he hasn’t hit his full potential yet.

Cons: Doesn’t play remotely close to his 4.49-40 time; caught a lot of people by surprise when he posted that… Seems afraid to go across the middle; loses his focus when he knows that he’s going to get popped, developed a reputation of being soft and easy to fluster… Very limited as a blocker, only thing he can really do is a seal the edge but isn’t strong enough to go one on one with any average NFL defensive lineman… Teams know that the best way to get him off his game is to jam him hard at the line of scrimmage; doesn’t know how to use his hands to beat it… Can be lazy when it comes to route running; he knows what to do but it just feels that he’s going through the motions at times.

My Opinion

The Flower Mound,Texas product James Hanna is a developmental project that needs to become a better run blocker, get stronger, and play more consistently but he has tremendous upside.

He reminds me a lot of the Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. Both are tall, athletic, and fast for their size. Hanna will be a valuable asset for Tony Romo in the red zone which was a big problem for the Cowboys Offense last season.

TrueBlueNation Draft Grade: C-

Sources: SidelineScouting.com, DallasCowboys.com, www.sports-reference.com