Fantasy Rookie Review: Justin Hunter, WR, Titans

Fantasy Rookie Review: Justin Hunter, WR, Titans


Fantasy Rookie Review: Justin Hunter, WR, Titans


Year College Gms/Sts Rcv
Punt Return

All Purpose

2012 Tennessee 12/12 1,083 9 5 0 1,088 9
2011 Tennessee 3/3 314 2 0 0 314 2
2010 Tennessee 13/2 415 7 16 0 431 7
  WR Tavon Austin
  QB EJ Manuel
  TE Tyler Eifert
  WR DeAndre Hopkins
  WR Cordarrelle Patterson
  WR Justin Hunter
  TE Zach Ertz
  RB Giovani Bernard
  QB Geno Smith
  WR Robert Woods
  TE Gavin Escobar
  RB Le’Veon Bell
  TE Vance McDonald
  RB Montee Ball
  WR Aaron Dobson
  RB Eddie Lacy
  RB Christine Michael

Perhaps the top physical talent in this year’s draft class, Justin Hunter is a former high school state long jump and high jump champion who burst onto the scene at Tennessee by averaging almost 26 yards per catch as a freshman. A torn ACL prematurely ended his sophomore season, and while his numbers as a junior were impressive much of his productivity (515 yards, 7 TDs) came in four non-SEC games; he scored only two touchdowns in league play and averaged 71 yards in eight conference games.

Still, it’s Hunter’s Randy Moss-like athleticism that punched his ticket to the NFL. He has speed, agility, and great hands as well as natural ball skills and the ability to adjust to the ball wherever it is thrown. Hunter also has experience at all three receiver positions, so the Titans should be able to line him up wherever they feel he best fits. However, he did not display his considerable skills on a consistent basis at Tennessee, with lapses of effort and concentration that led to drops and a lack of productivity. Hunter also possesses a lean frame, which prompts durability concerns at the next level. That’s how he slid into the second round.

Hunter has the size and speed—and, apparently, the “play when I want to play” attitude—to warrant the comparisons to Randy Moss; a pair of Bengals, current star A.J. Green and the late Chris Henry, are also noted as having games similar to that of Hunter. He has the potential to usurp Kenny Britt as the Titans’ go-to receiver, or at least complement him in the Tennessee passing game. If the light comes on and Hunter does live up to his talents, the Titans have themselves a steal.


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