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Everyone has high hopes for Justin Hunter, but don't forget that he is still just a second year player.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Hunter was selected with the 34th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Hunter was widely considered the second best prospect on his own team behind Cordarrelle Patterson, however he was considered a borderline first round talent.

After coming into a shaky situation in Tennessee, Hunter put up some very nice numbers, but more importantly he looked like a difference maker on the field. A 6'4" target with leaping ability and blazing speed is not something that everyone has an answer for. Also, later in the year Hunter seemed to be much better at catching the short passes and doing the little things rather than just being a one-trick pony.

With projections running rampant saying that Hunter is in for a breakout year, Titans fans should look to the past to predict the future. Two players that were very similar to Hunter coming out of college were Stephen Hill (NYJ) and Alshon Jeffery (CHI). Hunter and Hill were both dynamic combine players that stood out with their athleticism, while Jeffery and Hunter are similar in that bad QB situations in the SEC made their final campaigns seem mediocre.

These are all three's rookie stats.

Name Rec. Yards TDs
Justin Hunter 18 354 4
Stephen Hill 21 252 3
Alshon Jeffery 24 367 3

We all know what happened after that. Jeffery and Brandon Marshall became an elite WR combination, while Stephen Hill and Geno Smith only connected for one touchdown all year.

So while all Titans fans would like to see Hunter turn into Jeffery (who he honestly has more in common with) he isn't out of the woods yet. This year could be crucial in his development, and it will be interesting to see how it unfolds for him.