Draft Capsule: WR Justin Hunter

Draft Capsule: WR Justin Hunter
April 12, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Scott Krinch

Justin Hunter (WR), Tennessee 

6-4 | 196 lbs.

2012 Stats:

73 REC, 1,083 YDS, 9 TD


2nd-3rd Round 


At 6'4, Hunter has the ideal height you look for in an NFL wide receiver. Possesses tremendous leaping ability with the talent to go up and get the ball at its highest point. Uses long strides with deceiving speed  that makes him a threat after the catch. Great moves off the line that help him separate from cornerbacks. Solid route-runner. Versatile, having rotated as an X and Z wide receiver and spent time in the slot with the Volunteers. Dangerous red-zone weapon. 


Will need to add more strength once he gets to the NFL. Questionable hands with too may drops in college. Inconsistent at times. Doesn't have much physicality. Needs to stay focused, sometimes lets his emotions get the best of him. Doesn't possess elite speed. Injury questions are a concern due to missing the entire 2011 season with a torn ACL. 

Fit for the Bears:

Hunter's style of play is too similar to the current Bears No. 1 and No. 2 receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. He doesn't have elite speed which is what the Bears are looking for in a wide receiver. The former Volunteer would be good value if he slips into the 3rd round, but the Bears traded that pick away in the Marshall deal with the Dolphins. I wouldn't expect Hunter to be lining up at wideout in Soldier Field in 2013.