2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State

by Cory J. Bonini on March 2, 2011 @ 03:44:48 PDT

 


Oklahoma State senior running back Kendall Hunter enters the 2011 NFL Draft as one of the top players at his position. While he has question marks about durability and size, Hunter brings a unique style of play to the pro game.

In 2008, he rushed for 1,555 yards and 16 touchdowns. Last year, Hunter racked up 1,548 yards and another 16 scores. He caught 42 total passes in his two full seasons with the Cowboys.

Strengths

  •  Elusiveness - excellent change-of-direction ability
  •  Production
  •  Versatility
  • Kendall Hunter, draft prospect
    Hunter pint-sized but potent
     High-character person
  •  Very good vision
  •  Decisive
  •  Solid build despite his lack of height (199 pounds)
  •  Runs with a low center of gravity

Weaknesses

  •  Height (5-foot-7 1/4)
  •  Limited upside
  •  Mediocre in pass protection
  •  Average speed (4.47-second 40)
  •  Not a big-play threat
  •  2009 injury-plagued season

Expected draft placement

Hunter figures to be a late second-round draft choice in April. There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment as to which teams could be interested in him because of the CBA situation.

Our best guess is that he could draw attention from the San Diego Chargers. They pick 18th and 29th in the second round, which puts them in prime position to take a shot at Hunter. Darren Sproles is expected to be an unrestricted free agent and probably won't return to the team.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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