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Kid looks tough as nails, but Woodhead and him seem to have the exact same role. The RB class looks light at the top but good depth throughs rounds 3-5. I would look for a bigger back in the later rounds, some names to think about.
Thomas, Murray, Ridley, Fanin, Green, Helu, Bradford
Well, there is about 4 inches difference in Height between Hunter and Charles.. That being said, 5'7 and 200 lbs makes him like a bowling ball.
He also seems to have good hands.. 62 catches for 524 yards over his college career.
I think he'd be a good addition as long as he's got decent blitz pick-up.
I remember reading somewhere that Hunter was a strong pass blocker who enjoyed and too pride in that aspect of his game. Specifically, he mentioned that people assume he can't block because of his lack of height, but utilizes his height by sneaking under guys and kind of coming out of nowhere.
The height/weight spit reminds me a lot of Maurice Jones Drew.
Hunter is my favorite RB prospect by far in this draft. I'd be fine taking him as early as 60.
Pros: Hunter isn’t a speed burner, but he possesses great ability to avoid tackles in the backfield, and he’s outstanding at sifting through trash to get upfield on blocks. A very patient runner at the line who has good burst. Keeps his eyes on a swivel; he’s a very aware runner wherever he is, but especially in space. Great technique on screens and draws – he doesn’t outrun his blockers and he understands his part in an integrated running game. Tough to bring down after first contact, Hunter blows past arm tackles and is very determined in a pile. Just as good inside because he’s tough, has a compact body and does not shy away from contact. A foot injury cost him much of the 2009 season, but he came back with aplomb in his senior campaign, matching nearly all of his outstanding 2008 numbers.
Cons: Hunter has good outside and downfield speed, but he’ll have trouble against fast defenders. His yards per carry went down every month in his senior year (7.0 to 5.6 to 4.8 to 3.2), which may indicate that he’s not a 300-carry back. At his size, he could wear down if used too often inside. Some analysts say that he gained many of his breakaway opportunities based on Oklahoma State’s spread offense.
Conclusion: Because he has such great decision-making abilities and quickness through the hole, Hunter would be a great fit with any team (like the Dallas Cowboys or Pittsburgh Steelers) who run a lot of shotgun draws, play action, and counter/trap runs. He’s a tough, well-proportioned back, though giving him a heavy workload isn’t a good idea.
With all the talk that Mark Ingram of Alabama is the runaway leader in this draft class of backs, Hunter could rise up as that type of back if he can prove that there’s nothing to the spread offense stigma. That’s why the Senior Bowl will be so important to him. Though Tashard Choice(notes) is currently the Cowboys’ third back, the comparison is not pejorative. Like the underrated Choice, Hunter intrigues and makes one want to see more in different schematic situations.
Pro comparison: Tashard Choice, Cowboys
I haven't watched him play yet, but based on others' observations I'd be very comfortable taking him in the second round. It'd be interesting to know what type of blocking scheme he ran behind in college, and whether or not it would suit us.
Last edited by Nonentity; 03-01-2011 at 03:41 PM..
Running-wise, his Senior Bowl practice notes (compiled from several observers) make him sound like BGE with a bit more burst and elusiveness.
Pretty near universal praise for his receiving - route, hands, "selling" play-action.
Pass-blocking notes were about 50/50, with some observers giving him credit for blitz awareness and willingness and others observing him "getting destroyed in passpro."
I watched his pass pro drills, he was jacking up LBs left and right and was the most consistent RB when it came to handling the backers. His blitz recognition I can't speak to, but once he lines up on a guy he's going to stick his nose in and make them work.
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