For the third straight year not a single University of Miami player was selected in the first round of the NFL draft, which is a bit of a sore point for a team that still holds the record for most consecutive NFL drafts with at least one player taken in the first round. Especially considering that quite a few 'Canes were talked about this year as possible first round picks, including wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. He ended up being taken in the third round by the Washington Redskins, and boy is he really pissed about it.
Hankerson made his DC-area media debut this morning on The Sports Junkie show on 106.7 The Fan, according to SB Nation. He certainly showed up with that trademark Hurricanes swagger.
"Of course it does," Hankerson replied when he was asked if it mattered that he went in the third round. "Me as a player, I know I'm better than each one of those guys that were drafted before me."
So Leonard, does that mean you think you were the best receiver in the draft?
"Of course," he told the hosts. "I wouldn't say anything different. I think I'm the best receiver in the draft. Of course I do. I feel like I can make plays just like each and every other receivers do. I feel like I can block, run routes and go up and get the ball. I can make plays. I broke every single-season receiving record [at Miami] this year. I feel like I can do it all. I feel like I can be dependable. I feel like I can be someone the team can lean on to make plays for the team and do whatever it takes."
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He then went on to make some ...well, let's not call them direct swings at Jacory Harris or Stephen Morris, but they weren't exactly compliments either.
"I set four different records this year with two different quarterbacks. It really doesn't matter about the quarterbacks."
We definitely think Hankerson is going to make a big impact in the NFL. Whether he's the best wide receiver of the class only time will tell, but we're just kind of sorry that an apparent major source of swagger has left the 'Canes locker room.