Justin Hunter, WR, Titans
|WR - #60||106.58||TEN||Active||2 years||23||6'4||202||@justinhunter_11|
2014 Outlook: Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)Last updated on Jul-26-2014 by Jeb Gorham
Justin Hunter looks to be on the upswing as a wideout making strides toward fantasy prowess. Hunter is a huge target and has red-zone appeal for Jake Locker. This season, Hunter moves up to the WR2 spot opposite Kendall Wright (displacing Nate Washington). Wright tends to get the slot looks and that means Hunter becomes the big play guy on the outside. If Locker can get the ball into the vicinity of Hunter, he has the ability to make plays. Shawn Jefferson (the Tennessee WR coach) has high expectations for Hunter and thinks that in his second season the former University of Tennessee WR will be a difference maker. Given his WR ranking and fantasy owner doubts in Locker, Hunter becomes a sleeper pick in redraft. He also has dynasty value in what has to be a much-anticipated 2014 campaign. Based on his ADP (116.09, WR49), Hunter ranks as a low WR4 or high WR5, yet could end up playing like a WR3 pick. Take a shot on this upside prospect.
Editor's note: Hunter was ahead of Cordarrelle Patterson and Da'Rick Rogers on the depth chart when the trio was at the University of Tennessee a couple years back. Patterson may be a different sort of playmaker, but this speaks to Hunter's big-time potential.
Hearing Justin Hunter get compared to Randy Moss is nothing new. The Titans' young wideout has heard those refrains since his days at the University of Tennessee. Even one of his teammates said it last month. He is just that physically talented.
One thing Moss was known for in his amazing career was his leaping ability. Hunter has similar hops -- he recorded a vertical leap of nearly 40 inches at the NFL Combine -- and has been putting them to good use in camp. Probably too good if you ask the Titans' defense.
According to John Glennon of the Tennessean, Hunter has been dominating the defense on fade routes near the goal line. He adds that Hunter has been "all but unstoppable" on such plays.
"He's so big and so long, and he has the ability to jump, and he has such a big catch radius," quarterback Jake Locker said of Hunter. "You're able to put the ball a lot of places to give him a chance. That puts a lot of pressure on the defense at that point."
Of course, which wide receiver doesn't like scoring touchdowns over and over? The 6-foot-4 Hunter is having a lot of fun picking on smaller cornerbacks and is looking forward to a similar role during the regular season.
"They want to use my big frame, so they throw it to me there," Hunter said. "The cornerback has to turn his back at some point to try to defend me. That's when I can use my leaping ability to go over the top of him – before he gets a chance to figure it out."
Despite the tremendous hype, Hunter is still a very raw player entering just his second season, and the Titans don't have many appealing names at quarterback. I have no doubt that Hunter will catch 6-8 touchdowns this year, at least making him a fine bye-week replacement. But consistency and respectable yardage totals are probably be asking for too much. He is a WR4.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/22 - Titans WR Justin Hunter has been 'all but unstoppable' at the goal line
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|7.12||DraftTV.com - @ShanePHallam - 2nd year WR breakout #2? Not that I love Jake Locker, but Whisenhunt did wonders with Keenan Allen and Hunter has the physical talent. Upside shot as a WR3.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|10.12||Scout PRO - Upside upside upside. Showed flashes at the end of last yr let's see if he puts it together|
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