Hankins (6-2, 320-pounds) has "taken a pretty big leap over the summer" and is expected to step in for the departed Linval Joseph after 12 tackles and a hurry last year in 195 snaps.
"Big Hank" as he was known in Columbus, was taken by the Giants during a rush on defensive linemen in the second round in last April's draft. He has all the attributes to be an ample replacement for Joseph (at the least) and a possible Pro Bowl talent (at the most).
Hankins was a workhorse at Ohio State, playing nearly every down, which led to scouts labeling him as a slacker late in games. He was just tired. With the Giants, he'll play no more than 65-70% of the snaps, which should keep him fresh.