Justin Hunter Could Become Tennessee Titans' Next Superstar

Jason HallAnalyst IAugust 13, 2013

Aug 3, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter (15) rushes with the ball after catching a pass during training camp at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
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The Tennessee Titans selected wide receiver Justin Hunter with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The former University of Tennessee standout finished a decorated collegiate career with 106 receptions, 1,812 yards and 18 touchdowns, before choosing to forego his senior season.

Hunter enters a Titans receiving corps that failed to produce a 1,000+ yard wideout last season. Nate Washington led the team with just 746 yards, while rookie Kendall Wright finished second with 626 yards and a team-best 64 receptions. Both players, as well as Kenny Britt and Jared Cook, recorded four receiving touchdowns, finishing in a four-way tie for the team lead.

As quarterback Jake Locker enters a make-or-break season, the addition of Hunter couldn't come at a better time. Hunter possesses both size and speed to become a major deep-threat option for the third-year quarterback.

Hunter has all the makings to be the next great Titans superstar should he reach his full potential. The team has struggled to find a consistently dominant wide receiver for several years.

Since Derrick Mason's departure, Tennessee has made numerous changes to its roster and has seen little success from its pass catchers.

Britt has shown flashes of brilliance, but he has also struggled through injuries and personal issues.  Wright played well during his first NFL season and will likely further develop playing opposite a downfield threat the likes of Hunter.

Hunter's collegiate ties also give him an early advantage in winning over the Titans fanbase.

Despite the popularity of the Titans within the state, Tennesseans are usually more passionate about college football. In fact, many Vols fans chose to support the rival Indianapolis Colts over the Nashville-based Titans, mainly because UT great Peyton Manning was the face of Indy.

The Titans have a great opportunity should Hunter reach his full potential. They now have a player who is already extremely popular amongst their fanbase and possesses the intangibles to become an elite wide receiver.