2015 NFL DRAFT

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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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

04/21/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: FIVE BOLD PREDICTIONS: 4. Cordarrelle Patterson will not be the top Tennessee wide receiver drafted...The top JUCO prospect a year ago, Cordarrelle Patterson burst onto the college landscape with a bang and showed off his explosive athleticism and intrigued NFL scouts with his natural ability and upside. However, while most view him as a top-20 prospect, he won't be the first wide receiver out of Knoxville drafted on April 25; that distinction will go to his former teammate, Justin Hunter. Although he was very highly-rated entering the year, Hunter slipped down boards due to his inconsistency catching the ball, but nonetheless, he has that fluid athleticism that will cause teams to take a chance on him. Patterson struggled through team interviews and several front offices have already taken him off their first-round draft board, but Hunter has done the opposite, rising into the top 32 picks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/28/2013 - 2013 Tennessee Pro Day: All 32 NFL teams sent representatives to Wednesday's pro day at the University of Tennessee, where wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and quarterback Tyler Bray were the big attractions. Justin Hunter (6-3 7/8, 200) had a 40-1/2-inch vertical, 11' 6" in the broad jump, 7.19 in the three-cone drill, and was smooth and fluid. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/07/2013 - The Detroit Lions hosted former University of Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter for a pre-draft visit on Thursday, the first of the team's 30 allotted visits. Hunter is one of the top prospects at his position and likely to be selected in the first two rounds this April. He's a big receiver, measuring in at 6-foot-4, 196 pounds, and he displayed good speed and leaping ability at the scouting combine last month.

Hunter ran a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash and posted the best numbers in both the broad (136 inches) and vertical (39.5 inches) jumps at his position. After tearing his ACL as a sophomore, Hunter returned and had great success as a junior in 2012. He finished last season with 73 receptions for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns. - Justin Rogers, Michigan Live

02/22/2013 - Justin Hunter is one of three former Tennessee wide receivers at the NFL scouting combine, and he's willing to bet, literally, that he will produce better numbers than Cordarrelle Patterson and Da'Rick Rogers when the wideouts are tested during their workouts this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium. Hunter, one of the best deep threats in the draft, says that he has side competitions with Patterson and Rogers that add to the mission of improving stock. "We definitely have made a bet about who's going to run the fastest time," Hunter said of Patterson. "I definitely made a bet with Da'Rick about who's going to jump the highest. So I've got a lot on my plate to prove."

This could be interesting. Patterson is widely regarded as the top-rated receiver in the draft, despite playing just one season at Tennesee. Rogers, once regarded as a first-round pick, is trying to rebound after getting kicked off the Volunteers' football team last summer following three failed drug tests. Hunter, 6-4, 196, entering the draft as a junior, caught 73 passes for 1,083 yards and 9 TDs, and his hoping to prove his consistency. The Virginia Beach, Va. native is a world-class long jumper who represented the USA in the 2010 World Junior Championships. The track background won't hurt in his wagers against Patterson and Rogers. "I just know I'm going to beat both of them," Hunter said, "and they're going to have to respect me then." - Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY Sports

02/20/2013 - Top 10 most intriguing players at the combine: 5. Justin Hunter, Tennessee, WR: Lots of people are buzzing about the Vols' big, freak of a wideout who scared SEC defenses, but UT actually has two tall, long, freaky wide receivers. Cordarrelle Patterson, the former JC star touted as a top-20 pick, and Hunter, a 6-foot-4 former track star who had to overcome an ACL injury that sidelined him in 2011 and has some projecting as only a third-rounder.

Don't be shocked if Hunter puts on a show in Indy. While at UT, Hunter was timed at 4.42 electronically, had broad-jumped over 11 feet and vertical jumped 41.5 inches. As a track athlete, he has high jumped 7-3 and long jumped more than 26 feet. Coaches who were at UT during Hunter's time there praise his character and expect him to shine when he meets with NFL teams, too. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

01/09/2013 - University of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson and defensive lineman Darrington Sentimore have informed head coach Butch Jones that they intend to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft and relinquish their final year of college eligibility. Hunter, from Virginia Beach, Va., earned All-SEC Second Team honors from both league coaches and the Associated Press (AP) in 2012 after catching 73 passes for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns. His 2012 totals rank him among the leaders in multiple UT single-season receiving categories, including receptions (tied for 2nd) and yards (3rd).

Hunter played in 28 games as a Vol, starting 17 and recording eight 100-yard receiving games. He caught 106 passes for 1,812 yards and 18 touchdowns during his Tennessee career, ranking 11th on the UT career list in receiving yards and tied for fifth in receiving touchdowns. - Tennessee football

12/18/2012 - Tennessee junior wide receiver Justin Hunter tweeted "Declared" on Monday via his Twitter account (@justinhunter_11), indicating his intentions to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Hunter currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 WR prospect and a possible top-50 selection.

Hunter led the Volunteers offense in receiving in 2012 with 73 catches for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns, ranking among the SEC leaders in receiving. He became the eighth receiver in school history to record a 1,000-yard receiving season, finishing his career with eight 100-yard receiving performances.

One of the top high school recruits Derek Dooley was able to lure to Knoxville, Hunter is a good-size 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. He also tore his ACL in his left knee on Sept. 17, 2011.

A smooth, good-looking athlete with length, Hunter has a similar skill set as AJ Green, but he is not nearly as reliable and lacks the same burst and flexibility to create space. 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 a chance in the second round, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him go in the first round based on his upside. Hunter's Tennessee teammates QB Tyler Bray and WR Cordarelle Patterson are also rumored to be considering entering the NFL Draft early, but haven't made an official decision. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/17/2012 - It would be hard for Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter to make his intentions regarding the 2013 NFL Draft much clearer than this, wouldn't it? Braylon J. Hunter@justinhunter_11 *Declared* But just in case it wasn't clear enough, Hunter also responded to teammate Derrick Furlow's request for clarification ("u gone?") in the affirmative ("yea man").

And so Butch Jones heads into his 2013 debut season without one of his "big three" offensive stars, all of whom - Tyler Bray and Cordarrelle Patterson have yet to announce their plans - could bolt for the draft.

But Hunter might be the most purely talented of any of the three, and his departure -- even if it's hardly a surprise, given the total turnover on the Vol coaching staff - is a huge blow for Jones' efforts to revive the Vols in Year 1. Hunter led the team in receptions, yards, and receiving touchdowns in 2012, finishing with 73 catches for 1,083 yards and nine scores. He was named second-team All-SEC by both the coaches and AP.

It's a testament to the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Hunter's immense potential that even those numbers and honors were considered something of a mild disappointment as Patterson's all-around playmaking gave him the most substantial "buzz" in the Vol receiving corps. That would have seemed unthinkable in Hunter's 2010 breakout freshman season (only 16 receptions, but seven of them going for touchdowns and for an average of 26 yards) or in the first few weeks of the 2011 season, when Hunter seemed primed for All-American honors before a torn ACL cut his season short. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): WR - Justin Hunter, Tennessee, Jr., has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Hunter led the Vols and finished third in the SEC with 73 catches for 1,083 yards. His total for catches ranked second-most in a season in Tennessee history and his yardage total was third all-time in a season.

Hunter scored nine receiving touchdowns, including a school-record tying three TDs in two different games this season. He scored three touchdowns against both Georgia State and Troy. Hunter had four 100-yard receiving games as a junior including a career-high 181 vs. Troy. He became the eighth Vol with a 1,000-yard receiving season. - Tennessee football

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR - Justin Hunter, Tennessee, has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Hunter led the Vols and finished third in the SEC with 73 catches for 1,083 yards. His total for catches ranked second-most in a season in Tennessee history and his yardage total was third all-time in a season.

Hunter scored nine receiving touchdowns, including a school-record tying three TDs in two different games this season. He scored three touchdowns against both Georgia State and Troy. Hunter had four 100-yard receiving games as a junior including a career-high 181 vs. Troy. He became the eighth Vol with a 1,000-yard receiving season. - Tennessee football

11/29/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: 2. WR Justin Hunter, 6-4, 200, Tennessee: Why he has the second spot: Hunter, perhaps the most athletic overall WR in the conference, wrapped up his junior season by making three catches for 65 yards and a TD in a 37-17 win over Kentucky. His 42-yard catch and run for a TD was one of his better plays of the year. He made the reception and juked a Kentucky defender and then ran in for the score. He finishes the regular season as the third-leading receiver in the SEC and he will likely leave school early for the NFL.

Season stats (12 games): 73 catches for 1,083 yards, 9 TDs. Player ranking: Hunter is ranked No. 44 overall and is the fifth-highest ranked wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Tennessee's season is over. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com

11/22/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: 2. WR Justin Hunter, 6-4, 200, Tennessee: Why he has the second spot: He's had some inconsistent moments this season, but his overall size, athleticism and production have kept him in consideration to be a first-round draft pick if he comes out early. He, much like the rest of Tennessee's offense, had a quiet day against Vanderbilt in a 41-18 loss on Saturday. After making 26 total catches the previous three weeks, Hunter only had five catches for 39 yards and did not find the end zone.

Season stats (11 games): 70 catches for 1,018 yards, 8 TDs. Player ranking: Hunter is ranked No. 25 overall and is the second-highest ranked wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Tennessee will face Kentucky in Knoxville on Saturday. Hunter should have a chance to finish out his season with big numbers against a Kentucky secondary that has struggled this season. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com

11/14/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: 2. WR Justin Hunter, 6-4, 200, Tennessee: Why he has the second spot: Hunter has moved up to our second spot due to his recent increase in production. After a mid-season slump, he's averaged 8.7 receptions for 137.3 yards and 1.3 TDs in his past three games. He had another big day against a talented Missouri defense on Saturday, making nine catches for 141 yards and a TD in Tennessee's 51-48 overtime loss to the Tigers. Drops have been an occasional problem for Hunter, but his overall production and athletic ability still make him a strong prospect. Season stats (10 games): 65 catches, 979 yards, 8 TDs. Player ranking: Hunter is ranked No. 25 overall and is the second-highest ranked wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Tennessee travels to Vanderbilt on Saturday. Hunter missed the 2011 game against the Commodores with a torn ACL, but he had a 15-yard TD reception against them as a freshman in 2010. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com

11/07/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: 3. WR Justin Hunter, 6-4, 200, Tennessee: Why he has the third spot: Hunter is perhaps the most physically gifted WR in the 2012 class. He has height, speed and great leaping ability. He's been plagued by drops at times this season, and he had another bad one in the 55-48 win over Troy on Saturday. He made up for it later in that game with nine receptions for 181 yards and three TDs. Season stats (nine games): 56 catches, 838 yards, 7 TDs. Player ranking: Hunter is ranked No. 21 overall and is the second-highest ranked wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Tennessee faces Missouri on Saturday. The Tigers' defense was stingy against Florida last week, allowing the Gators just 14 points and 106 passing yards. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com

10/23/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 8: 3. WR Justin Hunter, 6-4, 200, Tennessee: Why he has the third spot: Hunter isn't having a bad season, but overall his draft stock is beginning to fall. He hasn't been the go-to WR that many predicted, and he's developed a reputation for having some untimely drops. That was the case this weekend in Tennessee's 44-13 loss to Alabama. Hunter had a chance to make a long reception that might have gone for a score, but he let the ball bounce right off his hands, a mistake he took ownership of after the game. He did go on to make four catches for 70 yards against the Crimson Tide. Season stats (seven games): 39 catches, 567 yards, 4 TDs. Player ranking: Hunter is rated as the No. 20 overall and is the second-highest ranked wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Tennessee faces South Carolina on Saturday. It'll be another stiff test for Hunter and the Vols' offense. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com

10/16/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 7: 3. WR Justin Hunter, 6-4, 200, Tennessee: Why he has the third spot: Hunter's numbers aren't blowing people away, but defenses still must account for the athletic junior WR. He had two receptions for 41 yards in Tennessee's 41-31 loss at Mississippi State on Saturday. Season stats (six games): 35 catches, 497 yards, 4 TDs. Player ranking: Hunter remains No. 13 overall and is the second-highest ranked wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Tennessee faces Alabama on Saturday. Hunter will have perhaps his stiffest test against the Crimson Tide's loaded secondary. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com

10/10/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: 3. WR Justin Hunter, 6-4, 200, Tennessee: Why he has the third spot: Hunter was off last week, but he remains third in the SEC in receptions, receiving yards and is tied for third in the league in touchdown grabs. His height and speed make him a tough matchup for any defender. Season stats (five games): 33 catches, 456 yards, 4 TDs. Player ranking: Hunter remains No. 13 overall and is the second-highest ranked wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Tennessee will travel to Mississippi State on Saturday. The Bulldogs feature one of the best secondaries in the nation, featuring CBs Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com

10/02/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 5: 3. WR Justin Hunter, 6-4, 200, Tennessee: Why he has the third spot: Hunter leads the SEC in receptions (33) and is second in yards (456). He had a relatively quiet game against Georgia with three receptions for 46 yards. QB Tyler Bray missed him on a couple of plays in which he was open. Season stats (five games): 33 catches, 456 yards, 4 TDs. Player ranking: Hunter remains No. 13 overall, and is still the second-highest ranked wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Tennessee is off this week and then will travel to Mississippi State on Oct. 13. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com

09/25/2012 - SEC NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 4: 3. WR Justin Hunter, 6-4, 200, Tennessee: Why he has the third spot: Hunter had another big game in Tennessee's 47-26 win over Akron. He caught eight passes for 115 yards and a TD. He now leads the SEC in receptions and is second in total receiving yards. Season stats (four games): 30 catches, 410 yards, 4 TDs. Player ranking: Hunter moved from No. 17 overall to No. 13 overall, and is still the second-highest ranked wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Tennessee travels to Georgia on Saturday. Hunter had four receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown against the Bulldogs in 2010, but didn't play against them last season (ACL). - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com

09/15/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Vols have gone to a no-huddle approach that's led to a multitude of quick-strike scores. Through two games, Tennessee has had nine scoring drives that lasted 1 minute, 41 seconds or less. WR Justin Hunter tied a team single-game record with three touchdown catches in last week's 51-13 blowout of Georgia State. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2012 - Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter has been thinking about this game for an entire year. Ever since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a 33-23 loss to Florida last September, Hunter has awaited Tennessee's next shot at the Gators. His chance comes Saturday when the 23rd-ranked Volunteers face No. 18 Florida in their Southeastern Conference opener. Hunter doesn't have any hard feelings toward the Gators. His injury didn't even come from any contact, much less a dirty hit. The injury occurred when Hunter landed awkwardly after making a catch. Hunter simply considers this a case of unfinished business. Hunter has an SEC-leading 17 catches for 219 yards. He tied a school record last week by catching three touchdown passes against Georgia State. - AP Sports

09/11/2012 - LOOKING GOOD: The passing game fired on all cylinders. QB Tyler Bray threw for 310 yards and four touchdowns, with WR Justin Hunter hauling in three of those scores. Bray completed the final 13 passes he attempted before yielding the field to backup Justin Worley. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2012 - Justin Hunter tied a school single-game record Saturday by catching three of Tyler Bray's four touchdown passes, as Tennessee trounced Football Championship Subdivision program Georgia State 51-13 in its home opener Saturday. Hunter caught eight passes for 146 yards in his second game back for Tennessee (2-0) after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last September. A Tennessee player had caught three touchdown passes in a game eight previous times, most recently by Chris Hannon in a 59-21 victory over Mississippi State in 2003. Bray went 18 of 20 for 310 yards and completed his last 13 passes, the third-longest streak in school history. His other touchdown pass was a 19-yarder to Mychal Rivera, who was celebrating his 22nd birthday. Rajion Neal added two touchdown runs for Tennessee, which broke the game open against the Panthers (0-2) when Hunter scored twice in the last 4?? minutes of the first half. - AP Sports

09/07/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: For the first time since 2007, Tennessee is using a no-huddle offense. The Vols showcased the new look Friday against N.C. State, something that hadn't been used as a base attack since Phillip Fulmer was head coach, David Cutcliffe was calling the plays, and QB Erik Ainge was entering his senior season. Expect the Vols to stick with the no-huddle as a key element of the offense. - The Sports Xchange

08/31/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Tennessee vs. North Carolina State at the Georgia Dome, Aug. 31 -- An important game for both teams. Tennessee is trying to erase the bad feelings from a season-ending loss to Kentucky that denied the Vols bowl eligibility and snapped a winning streak in the series with the Wildcats that dated to 1984. N.C. State had the inverse finish, winning six of its final eight, including a victory over Louisville in a bowl game. KEYS TO THE GAME: The kicking game was one of the maxims espoused by Robert Neyland, legendary Tennessee coach. It's been a huge pitfall for the Vols in recent years, however. Tennessee appears to have carved out some sense of stability at the specialist spots, with P Matt Darr and K Michael Palardy returning after filling those roles for all or most of last season. Blunders in special teams have killed Tennessee in game after game under all three coaches in the past decade -- Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley -- and the Vols can ill afford to hand N.C. State any breaks in that phase. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Justin Hunter -- All eyes will be on the 6-5, high-jumping speedster now that Da'Rick Rogers is no longer with the team. Hunter averages an astounding 22.1 yards per catch for his career. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 13. - The Sports XchangeJustin Hunter, WR, Tennessee: Listing Hunter this high is certainly a projection, as he missed most of the 2011 season with a torn ACL. When healthy, the 6-4, 205-pound Hunter showed a rare combination of size, straight-line speed and ball skills to compete with Cal's Allen, USC's Woods and Clemson sophomore Sammy Watkins for the right to be considered among the country's truly elite receivers. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/06/2012 - PRO PROSPECTS ON THE MEND: WR JUSTIN HUNTER, Tennessee, INJURY: Torn ACL (left knee), September 17 - missed final 9 games of 2011...Any discussion regarding the top draft-eligible receiver in the nation should include this talented playmaker from Tennessee. At 6-4 and 205-pounds, Hunter has a similar play style and skill-set as former All-SEC receiver A.J. Green who was a top-five pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and is one of the best young receivers at the next level. After a seven-touchdown freshman season in 2010, Hunter registered a head-turning 16 catches for 302 yards and a pair of scores in two games last season. However, he turned his left knee wildly and tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Florida in game three, missing the rest of his sophomore season after surgery. Hunter returned ahead of the schedule and practiced this past spring, albeit not yet 100%. If his knee proves to be at full health this fall and he shows the same athleticism, Hunter has top-10 potential and could jump both Southern Cal's Robert Wood and California's Keenan Allen as the top draft-eligible receiver in most evaluator's minds. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/05/2012 - Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray says Justin Hunter, who tore a ligament in his left knee last September, ''is looking better than ever'' in preseason practice. Hunter was leading the Southeastern Conference in receiving when he tore his ACL in a loss at Florida. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior believes he is a better player now than he was last year because of an offseason of watching film and training in the weight room. Sunday was the Volunteers' first day in full pads and the third and final split-squad practice between the team's veterans and newcomers. - AP Sports

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR - Justin Hunter, Tennessee...Hunter, from Virginia Beach, Va., caught 17 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns before suffering a torn ACL in the Florida game that ended his 2011 season. He averaged 151 yards receiving in his first two games of last season, and in 15 career games, he has 32 receptions for 717 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. - Tennessee football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): WR Justin Hunter (47), Tennessee, Jr...Hunter, from Virginia Beach, Va., caught 17 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns before suffering a torn ACL in the Florida game that ended his 2011 season. He averaged 151 yards receiving in his first two games of last season, and in 15 career games, he has 32 receptions for 717 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. - Tennessee football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Justin Hunter, Tennessee, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. Hunter, from Virginia Beach, Va., caught 17 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns before suffering a torn ACL in the Florida game that ended his 2011 season. He averaged 151 yards receiving in his first two games of last season, and his combined 302 yards receiving against Montana and Cincinnati were the most by a UT receiver in a season's first two games in school history. In 15 career games, Hunter has 32 receptions for 717 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. - Tennessee football

07/17/2012 - Although he won't be at SEC Media Days this week, Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter still should evoke a few questions since he is making a comeback from last season's knee injury, which knocked him out of the last nine games. His return is one of the main reasons the Vols could be much improved over last season's 5-7 team. Senior cornerback Prentiss Waggner, who has been covering Hunter in offseason drills, has no doubt that Hunter is in top form. "Right now, I'd say that Justin is 100 percent," Waggner said last Saturday. "He's got his weight up and he's doing 225 (pounds) multiple times (in the bench press). He thinks he's unstoppable. "And he's got a pretty good argument." The Waggner-Hunter match-up has been one of the highlights of the seven-on-seven drills, according to Waggner. "If he catches a pass on me, the whole offense screams," Waggner said. "If I make a good defensive play, the whole defense screams." - John Adams, Go Vols Xtra

05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 20. *Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee: Listing Hunter this high is certainly a projection, as he missed most of the 2011 season with a torn ACL. When healthy, however, the 6-4, 205 pound Hunter showed a rare combination of size, straight-line speed and ball skills to compete with USC's Woods, Cal's Allen and Clemson true sophomore Sammy Watkins for the right to be considered among the country's truly elite receivers. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/09/2012 - Ocean Lakes coach Chris Scott on Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter: "You have the explosiveness of Shamarko (Thomas) and Marcus (Davis) and Justin takes it to another level. The way he jumps is unbelievable. "I remember he had never done the 300 hurdles and the first time he did it he not only set a school record but qualified for the Eastern Region meet. "And he can jump. I mean, he can touch the top of the backboard." "At the Underclassmen Combine his junior year he set the national record for the highest point - not highest vertical - at 13 feet. To get up that high is crazy." "I've been told by people that Justin could possibly be the No. 1 receiver in the 2013 NFL draft." - Larry Rubama, The Virginian-Pilot

05/08/2012 - 2012 College Football Freaks List: 3. Justin Hunter, Tennessee, WR: The Vols' 2011 season was torpedoed when the 6-4, 200-pound big-play wideout was lost for the year in mid-September with a torn ACL. On 33 career catches in a little over one full season of college ball, he has caught nine TDs and is averaging a gaudy 22 yards per reception. Vols coaches breathed a big sigh after watching Hunter score on a 50-yard TD reception on the first possession of the second spring scrimmage last month. Hunter is a spectacular talent: he has been timed at 4.42 electronically, has broad-jumped over 11 feet, and vertical jumped 41.5 inches. As a track athlete he has high jumped 7-3 and long jumped more than 26 feet. If Tennessee has any shot of getting back to being a top 15 team this season, it is going to need a huge year from Hunter. - Bruce Feldman, CBS Sports

 
 
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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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