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Predraft Writeup on Justin Hunter

Howdy, Miracles, Seahawk fan here that thinks you may appreciate some more Justin Hunter information. It seems most of you guys are fairly excited and optimistic about him, mostly satisfied with the trade up. As a Volunteer plenty of you probably were already familiar with him as well. This is just a strangely-angled scouting report I published on the Seahawk SBNation site, Field Gulls, back in February.

In Search of Accuracy In Scouting

The tl;dr is that I think the broad consensus on Justin Hunter's negatives -- inconsistency, lapses of focus, drops too many balls -- is mostly inaccurate, mostly on account of the scattershot accuracy of Tyler Bray. To investigate I tracked every Bray incomplete pass to Hunter or Patterson in three games from 2012. I only had the strength to chart two of the three games, though.

I still think Tavon Austin was the best prospect of the class, but I felt that Hunter was next, had AJ Green upside, and wasn't nearly as much of a risk as most draftniks labeled him as. I thought he had mid-1st round talent, not just in this draft but in many, and he became my favorite prospect in the draft because I thought he was so underrated.

Since then, he'd risen on draft boards to be talked about as early as the 20s, and seemed to at least be an earlish 2nd rounder, which is what came to pass. And I still think he's tremendous value, there, even with the trade up. Don't expect rapid development, or think he'll contend for OROY. He's still apparently going to be paired with an accuracy-challenged QB, though the ascent in accuracy and effectiveness from Tyler Bray to Jake Locker figures to be huge.

I'm still super excited to see how he develops, and I'll be rooting for him from this side of the nation. The Titans have been my AFC team since that 1999 playoff run. (Well actually the Seahawks were in the AFC for two more years, so the Saints were my NFC team, but when Seattle switched conferences at realignment, I had to pick a new "other conference team" to root for, and it's been y'all ever since.)

Best of luck, to Lock, to Hunter, to you-all, and see you on October 13th. Hope you enjoy the article.

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