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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

By Cory J. Bonini
Edited by Keith Hernandez

Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter offers teams in the 2013 NFL Draft upside and playmaking ability.

He posted 73 receptions for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012, his junior season. Hunter has 18 receiving scores to his credit in his three seasons with the Volunteers.

Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
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Strengths

  • Extremely athletic
  • Dangerous vertical threat
  • Rare combination of size (6-foot-4, 196 pounds) and speed (4.36-second 40-yard dash time)
  • Impressive leaping ability (39 1/2-inch vertical jump)
  • Experienced lining up all over the field
  • Red zone threat
  • Considerable upside
  • Adept at tracking the ball over his shoulder

Weaknesses

  • Tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in 2011
  • Lean frame with a lack of strength when contending for jump balls and beating jams off the line
  • Very average, at best, route runner
  • Little experience as a run blocker
  • Wears his emotions on his sleeve - could run into penalty issues in the NFL
  • Inconsistent hands - too many body catches
  • Needs to refine his overall technique
  • Probably never will be a true No. 1 in the NFL - more of a vertical and complementary threat

Expected draft placement

Hunter is occasionally discussed as a first-round pick, but there is just too much downside in relation to the one-trick-pony upside he offers. Look for him as a second- or even third-round selection.



 


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