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Scouting the draft: Tennessee WR Justin Hunter

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  April 9, 2013 01:36 PM

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Name: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

Overview: Unlike Cordarrelle Patterson, whom we scouted March 6, Hunter is a tad taller and has bested his fellow Volunteer in the vertical jump (39.5 inches) and broad jump (136 inches), making him a better candidate for the Patriots' X receiver. (During Tennessee's pro day, Hunter reportedly improved on those marks, which were already tied for the best at his position.) In high school, he was an All-American in the high jump (2010 USA Junior Championships), reminding us slightly of Brandon Lloyd. But that's where the comparisons stop. Hunter is a bona fide deep threat (4.44 speed). In three years for Tennessee, he compiled 106 receptions for 1,812 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 17.1 yards per grab. In 2012, he caught 73 balls for 1,083 yards and 9 TDs. It was a breakout performance, strengthening his draft stock tremendously. One of the great things about Hunter, as evidenced by his highlights above, is that he has moved around in the offense, working in the slot as well as on the boundaries. He has a smaller frame, so there is concern about his strength. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper projects the Patriots to select Hunter.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 196

Workout results
40-yard dash: 4.44
Vertical jump: 39.5 inches
Broad jump: 136.0 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.33

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