In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2013 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on April 25th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter.
Name: Justin Hunter
Weight: 196 LBS
Position: Wide Receiver
Justin Hunter busted out in a big way his junior year.
Heading into last season, he registered just 33 catches for 729 yards and nine touchdowns over his first two years. Given a more prominent role in the offense, he blew those numbers out of the water, finishing with 73 receptions for 1,083 yards and nine scores.
Hunter has the physical makeup to be an impact player in the NFL. Blessed with great size at 6-foot-4, he also possesses above average straight away speed to stretch the defense. Hunter has soft hands which allow him to make highlight reel catches and is strong running with the ball in his hands.
As a result, Hunter turned in a good workout at the NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.44 40-yard dash while finishing first in both the vertical jump (39.5 inches) and broad jump (136.0 inches). In fact, his broad jump became the best by any wide receiver since 2006.
One of his most glaring weaknesses is his lean frame, weighing just 196 pounds despite being 6-foot-4. While Hunter clearly needs to bulk up at the next level, he will also need to improve his consistency. Despite his soft hands and penchant for the spectacular catch, he also finds himself dropping some of the easier ones. Nonetheless, based on his overall package and his size and speed combination, Hunter is expected to be drafted early on in the second day of the draft, and may even find himself a late pick in the first round.
40-yard Dash: 4.44
Vertical Jump: 39.5 inches
Broad Jump: 136.0 inches
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