Justin Hunter, WR

School: Tennessee  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 196 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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2621-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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4.362.521.56- 39 1/211'4"4.33-
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STRENGTHS: Hunter is a tall, long athlete with an exception catching radius and reach. He is a fluid, gliding mover with long strides and deceiving speed to get vertical or make plays after the catch. He has strong footwork in/out of his breaks with sharp route quickness to sell patterns and create some separation. He tracks the ball beautifully, adjusting with outstanding body control.

Hunter does a nice job becoming a DB downfield to knock balls away and prevent the INT. He has the size/speed combination to attract defensive holding and pass interference penalties in his routes. Hunter has experience lining up as an X, Y and Z receiver, lining up all over the offense for Tennessee.

He had a productive 2012 season as one of only four SEC receivers to surpass 1,000 receiving yards, finishing third in receiving yards (1,083) and touchdown grabs (9). Despite just 17 career starts, Hunter finishes his Tennessee career ranked top-five in career 100-yard receiving games (8) and touchdown catches (18).

WEAKNESSES: Hunter has a lean body type from head to toe and needs to add more strength and bulk, but lacks the frame to easily put on weight. He isn't overly explosive after the catch and is a little straight-linish, lacking flexible ankles and needing a moment when changing his directions. Hunter plays rushed and needs to stay under control in his routes and when locating the ball.

He needs to eliminate some bad habits, playing wild at times, jumping when he doesn't need to and losing yardage when he reverses his field trying to do too much. Hunter lacks natural hands to corral fastballs and is too inconsistent catching the ball with a lot of body catches and double catches. He needs to secure grabs and doesn't always look the ball into his hands or locate, battling streaky hand/eye coordination.

Hunter gets obviously frustrated by off-target throws and too often he lets poor body language show, needing to stay focused for all four quarters and keep his emotions in-check. He needs to be more aggressive on 50/50 and jump balls and how better conviction, often lacking the physicality to consistently out-muscle most defensive backs.

Hunter often has some alligator arms over the middle with defenders bearing down on him and needs to sell out for catches. He lacks the build to break tackles, but he needs to play tougher instead of giving up his body or escaping out of bounds. Hunter holds the ball too loose after the catch and needs to protect the ball.

He has some durability concerns because of his lean build, including a torn ACL in his left knee (Sept. 17, 2011). Hunter struggled against top competition in 2012 with just 2 of his 9 touchdowns coming against SEC foes and his 4 100-yard receiving performances were against Georgia State, Akron, Troy and Missouri.

Compares To: Mix of AJ Green, Bengals/Brian Quick, Rams - Like Green, Hunter is a tall, athletic receiver with very good speed and length for the position, but like Quick, he is also unpolished in several areas, including inconsistent hands.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

The Virginia Beach, Va. Native was a Top 175 prospect by Rivals.com and was invited to the Under Armour All-America game after catching 46 passes for 714 yards and nine touchdowns as a high school senior in 2009.

Hunter signed with Tennessee and earned immediate action, averaging an eye-popping 25.9 yards per catch in 2010 and earning a spot on the All-SEC Freshman team.

He looked well on his way toward establishing himself as a potential all-conference selection in 2011, racking up 315 receiving yards over the first two games before tearing his ACL in Tennessee's first offensive series against Florida.

One of the top high school recruits Derek Dooley was able to lure to Knoxville, Hunter is a good sized target and displays explosive footwork in and out of his breaks, which is probably his best quality. He isn't the most natural hands-catcher on throws away from his body and appears to battle streaky confidence due to his drops. Hunter has some durability concerns because of his lean build and '11 knee injury.

He has first-round talent, but the drops and inconsistency hurt his value, making it tough to trust him. Hunter has a high ceiling if he can refine several areas of his game and is worth the chance in the second round, but it wouldn't be surprising if he a team takes a chance on his upside in the first round.

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04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 38. *Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee: Hunter dropped too many big passes for my taste in 2012 but he's shockingly fluid for a 6-4, 196-pounder. With better concentration, he could emerge as a Pro Bowl talent. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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