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Justin Hunter | Wide Receiver

Team: Tennessee Volunteers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/20/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 205

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Titans selected Tennessee WR Justin Hunter with the No. 34 overall pick.
The Titans traded up for a player that NFL Films guru Greg Cosell called the "most physically talented wide receiver" in this year's draft class. It's an odd fit with Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright already in tow, but will go a long way toward making up for the loss of Jared Cook. It also certainly signals the end of Nate Washington's time in Tennessee. Hunter (6-4, 196) returned from a 2011 ACL tear to secure 72 passes for 1,083 yards (14.8 YPR) and nine TDs as a junior. At the Combine, he blazed a 4.44 forty with a 39.5-inch vertical and 11-foot-4 broad jump, the longest of all receivers in Indy. His body type and play speed are similar to A.J. Green's, though he dropped a disturbing 12.1 percent of his targets last season Still, Hunter projects to be better a full year removed from the ACL and offers immense upside as a traditional "X" receiver. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 06:44:00 PM

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NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah believes Tennessee WR Justin Hunter will be a first-round pick.

"I'm not extremely high on this Tennessee wideout, but apparently several teams feel differently," Jeremiah writes. "He's created a lot of buzz over the last week and numerous teams have told me that he is a lock to go on Thursday night." Hunter and the Vikings seem like a good match.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 01:52:00 PM

The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein is "beginning to hear drums beating for Tennessee's Justin Hunter" as the first WR off the board.

"Hunter has some major issues (with) drops, but his upper echelon traits (and) projectable talent will have him drafted either before or after Tavon," Zierlein tweeted. Hunter isn't AJ Green, but he has a few similar traits and a team could dream about unleashing his talent once overcoming mental lapses.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 03:38:00 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Tennessee WR Justin Hunter is the draft's most explosive player at the position.

Cosell added Hunter has a chance to be the best receiver in this class and even likened a few of his traits to AJ Green. We would agree when looking at the Vol's 2011 tape prior to his knee injury. However, teams should be optimistic that he didn't seem to show physical limitations in 2012 but rather mental ones in the form of drops.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:03:00 AM

Tennessee WR Justin Hunter worked out for the Bills on Saturday.

Hunter worked out with Tyler Bray and fellow Vol pass catchers in Zach Rogers and Mychal Rivera. There's a lot to like about Hunter's smooth game, namely his ability to separate at the catch point, but he could not come over a large number of drops and mental mistakes in 2012. We expect a second-round selection.
Sun, Apr 7, 2013 02:52:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. recently mocked Tennessee WR Justin Hunter in the first round.

In Kiper's third mock of the draft season, Hunter was selected by the St. Louis Rams at the No. 22 pick. There haven't been many mocks with Hunter in the first after a disappointing season. Hunter was one season removed from a knee injury and didn't look always look comfortable running routes and catching passes. It's entirely possible that he'll now be a better player after gaining more comfort in his knee.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 06:28:00 PM

Tennessee WR Justin Hunter met with the Detroit Lions on Thursday.

"I know they have two people on (Calvin Johnson) every time he lines up and people base their game plan on him," Hunter said afterwards. "It would be nice (playing next to a guy like that) because usually that happens to me. I know how it feels. I think one-on-one coverage would be great. I'd be excited for that." He is the first of the 30 pre-draft visits that the Lions have.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 01:41:00 PM

Tennessee WR Justin Hunter ran an official forty time of 4.44 seconds at the NFL Combine.

Hunter's 10 yard split was 1.54 seconds, and he added a 39.5 inch vertical and a 136 inch broad jump to his name. The string bean will likely gain weight before his pro day, but the most important progression he needs to take is catching the ball more consistently.
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 05:22:00 PM

Tennessee WR Justin Hunter measured in at 6'4" and 196 pounds at the NFL Combine.

He also checked in with 9 3/8 inch hands and 33 2/8 inch arms. Hunter's medical checks will be important, but he showed more mental than physical limitations last season with a large number of drops.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 02:14:00 PM

Tennessee junior WR Justin Hunter led the FBS in "clutch reception percentage" in 2012, with 76.7%.

This means 56 of Hunter's 73 receptions either went for a first down or touchdown. Other draftable receivers on the list include Oklahoma's Kenny Stills (73.5%), Oregon State's Markus Wheaton (71.1%), Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins (70.7%), and Baylor's Terrance Williams (66.0%).
Mon, Feb 18, 2013 01:07:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay was underwhelmed by Tennessee junior WR Justin Hunter's "toughness and aggressiveness."

"His inconsistent ball skills are a concern and he needs to get stronger and more physical in his routes," McShay said. "He too often allowed oncoming defenders to affect how he attacked the ball. He clearly has first-round ability, but Hunter hasn't consistently shown the kind of overall game that would make teams feel great about taking him in the first round." The junior was very impressive prior to his knee injury in 2011, but his missteps this year seemed to be mental rather than physical.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 02:13:00 PM

Tennessee junior WR Justin Hunter announced on his Twitter page Monday that he will declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Listed at 6-foot-4, 200, Hunter racked up 73 catches for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior after suffering a torn left ACL three plays into his sophomore season. In 2012, Hunter wasn't quite the same explosive vertical threat he flashed the ability to be early in his college career, but he figures to regain flexibility and quickness a year removed from the knee reconstruction. He also struggled with dropped passes this year. Hunter still projects as a top-50 pick and top-five receiver drafted in April.
Mon, Dec 17, 2012 04:14:00 PM

SI's Tony Pauline reports that Tennessee junior WR Justin Hunter will enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

Hunter is apparently in the process of interviewing agents and deciding on representation. The junior receiver looked like an exceptional prospect prior to a knee injury that sidelined him for a large portion of the 2011 season. This year, Hunter dropped far too many passes, but still shows smoothness and body control to separate in man coverage.
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 11:58:00 AM

Tennessee junior WR Justin Hunter accounted for 141 yards and one touchdown on nine catches Saturday against Missouri.

Hunter was back to his old form in this triple overtime contest, contorting his body when going up to get the ball at the catch point. We still consider he and Keenan Allen the top two draft-eligible receivers for April's Draft.
Sat, Nov 10, 2012 08:18:00 PM

Tennessee junior WR Justin Hunter caught nine passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns Saturday against Troy.

Hunter finally had the performance we had been waiting for, using great concentration on high throws after dropping easy catches in recent weeks. Perhaps most notably, Hunter looked to have his post catch wiggle and burst back. We are still big fans of his game.
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 06:34:00 PM