Justin Hunter: 5 Things You Need to Know About Tennessee WR

Todd PheiferAnalyst IIIApril 26, 2013

Justin Hunter: 5 Things You Need to Know About Tennessee WR

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    The NFL draft is approaching fast, and teams are starting to make their short list of potential talent. For those franchises that are looking for a talented ball-catcher, there are a number of interesting options.

    One such player is University of Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter, who may very well get taken in the first round of the draft. Could Hunter prove to be a dynamic NFL playmaker, or will he struggle to make the transition from the college game?

    A number of teams will most likely be interested to find out. Wide receivers are a key part of an NFL offense, and the speedy Hunter could be an intriguing addition.

    Here are five things you need to know about Justin Hunter. 

Background

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    Full name: Justin Scott Hunter

    Date of birth: May 20, 1991

    Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.

    High school: Ocean Lakes High School

    College: University of Tennessee

    Major: Arts and Sciences

    Year: Junior

    After three seasons at Tennessee, Hunter decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. He was a member of the All-SEC second team in 2012.

Statistics

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    2010: 13 games, 16 catches, 415 yards, 7 TDs, 31.9 YPG

    2011*: 3 games, 17 catches, 314 yards, 2 TDs, 104.7 YPG

    2012: 12 games, 73 catches, 1,083 yards, 9 TDs, 90.3 YPG

     

    *Hunter tore his ACL in the third game of the season and was lost for the year. Hunter also returned two punts in 2010 and two more in 2012.

    2011 was essentially a lost year in terms of production, but Hunter returned to have a great 2012 season and show that he had recovered from the injury. In a game against Missouri, Hunter pulled in nine balls for 181 yards.

     

    Statistics courtesy of utsports.com

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 196 pounds

    Arm Length: 33 1/4 inches

    Hand Size: 9 3/8 inches

     

    Combine results

    40-yard dash: 4.44 seconds (Ninth amongst wide receivers)

    Vertical jump: 39.5 inches (Tied for first amongst wide receivers)

    Broad jump: 136 inches (Best amongst wide receivers)

    20-yard shuttle: 4.33 seconds

    Statistics courtesy of NFL.com


    Pro Day results

    Broad jump: 138 inches

    Vertical jump: 40.5 inches

    Statistics courtesy of utsports.com

     

    As expected, Hunter showed solid speed and excellent jumping ability at the combine. He chose to let some of his measurables from the combine stand rather than repeat them at his pro day.

Interesting Facts

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    In addition to being a talented college wide receiver, Hunter is an excellent sprinter and long jumper. He won the Virginia Class AAA state championship in long jump and high jump and placed second in the triple jump.

    Hunter actually represented the United States in the IAFF World Junior Championships as a long jumper in 2010.

    If Hunter is taken in the first round, he may be joined by Tennessee teammate and fellow wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. It would be interesting for two wide receivers from the same team to be drafted in the first round.

Observations

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    When it comes to the physical tools of Justin Hunter, there is a lot to like. Hunter has an excellent combination of height, speed and athleticism. At 6’4”, he has the height and jumping ability to go up and get a jump ball. At around 200 pounds, Hunter does not have the biggest body, so it will be interesting to see if he can handle physical corners.

    There was some concern about Hunter after he tore his ACL in 2011, but he seems to have recovered completely from that injury (via ESPN.com).

    Greg Cosell of Yahoo Sports calls Hunter, “the most intriguing receiver on the board” and compares him to A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Given the need of the Minnesota Vikings to replace Percy Harvin, there is some speculation that Hunter could be their first-round pick (via twincities.com).