Knee Injury (2021)
vs. UTSA (2021), @Nebraska (2020), @Virginia (2021)
Athletic traits that allow his overall coverage ability to be a strong part of his game. Moves around the filed and in his drop backs with good speed, acceleration, and agility. His fluid hips are a huge reason why he can move/defend around the field with so much speed. Can cover the flats at a good level for a LB. Will have good initial quickness off the snap of the ball and his closing quickness allows him to hit holes in a flash. Will recognize routes underneath the defense at a solid level. In man-to-man situations, he does posses skills to cover a TE in short yardage situations.
Being that every down or early down LB that can stop the run game at a high level is not his identity. Struggles with powering through blocks at a consistent level. Tends to time up tackles or overrun ball carriers in the backfield. Does not posses the level of strength and aggressiveness that you want in a starting inside linebacker. Needs to develop an ability of playing with more leverage at initial contact. Not a pass rushing defender as well. Does not possess the set of pass rushing moves that you want to send on blitz packages or simply OLB rushes. Pursuit of the ball carrier was lacking and not consistent enough on every snap.
a very athletic LB coming out of the university of Illinois. This is a 6’1” 235-pound LB that really runs and plays like a safety in the box. Will get off the snap of the ball with good speed and agility. However, he is not an overly aggressive LB that will shut down the opponents run game and make big time tackles. At times, he would miss judge or simply over purse a ball carrier because he was moving with too much speed. There were times where he would simply fail to bring down the ball carrier as well. The skills in Hansen’s game that benefits the defense more is his coverage ability. Hansen was able to cover the hook curl and flat zone areas at a good level for an ILB. Being in man situations did lead to some success as well. Overall, this is a LB that you want to use in passing situations for his coverage ability. A development in block shedding and pass rush moves would be a huge benefit to his game. Hansen is coming off his third season ending injury in 2021 so there is a huge concern there to keep in mind as well.
An athletic ILB that moves laterally around the field at a good level. Can fire into holes with good speed, but at times will be too explosive. Firing with too much speed then grants him to overjudge a read and miss making a tackle. Has the ability to close onto players if he is in range of the play. Not the strongest LB, play strength does lack and it was evident on film when trying to create a powerful block shed through a block.
Pass Rush Ability:
Big Play Ability
Rush with Leverage
Pass Rush Moves
This is not a LB that specializes in rushing the passer. Lacks the strength, power, and drive to quickly shed off of blocks. When sent on a blitz through the A or B gaps, his first step off the snap of the ball does have some juice to it because of his natural speed and quickness. It is a challenge for him in timing up opportunities and rushing with total leverage.
Does have fluid hips that allows him to have good drops when dropping back into coverage. His lateral movement ability is a huge benefit here in his coverage ability. Was lined up on Y receivers and TEs in the slot in some situations. Is better in zone coverages when having to cover the hook curl or flat zone areas. Not going to be a total athletic liability if having to cover a TE in a man coverage situation. Reading the deep portion of the field has to improve but the ability to read short patterns is at a good level.
Against The Run:
Is a total liability when defending the run. Has a very difficult time block shedding and then making tackles on ball carriers at a consistent rate. Take a lot of wrong pursuit angles. When guessing wrong, that then allows big holes to open up which results in a huge gain. Is not the best tackler in space, had to trip up ball carriers’ multiple times because of taking the wrong angles on a tackle attempts. Speed shows in his range but the effort is not always present. Playing with more physicality need to be more evident in his game.
Play with Leverage
Stack and Shed
Not an overall tough football player that will be around the ball on every play. Tends to lack the aggressiveness, motor, and wiliness to purse the ball on every snap. Critical traits that you want out of your starting LB.
Can be used in coverage situations to cover backs coming out of the backfield or TE in the slot. Will read the shorter half of the field better then the deep half. Not going to read plays at a high rate when the develop.