In response to Faucetman's comment:
In response to WazzuWheatfarmer's comment:
Hey Faucet! I've been saying for the past few months that Hunt is too raw and too risky to take in the first round, but that he would be worth the gamble in the second. As we get closer to draft day, it is looking more and more to me like Hunt will likely be gone in the late first or early second. You've sold me and I now agree that Hunt would be a very good pick as early as #29. You're right, his lenth/strength/athleticism is an extremely rare combination, and as long as he is a coachable guy (and it sounds like he is) then I see no reason why he shouldn't be a very good, if not great DE in the NFL. I'm on board with Hunt in the first if we do in fact go that route.
Yeah, I'm really warming to the idea of Hunt, even as high as 29. If you compare him to Chandler Jones, who we traded up to 21 to get, Hunt had better numbers than Jones in college.
2011: 30 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks
2010: 38 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 4.0 sacks
2009: 33 tackles, 10 TFL, 1.5 sacks
2012: 32 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 8.0 sacks
2011: 28 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks
2010: 45 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks
But, then again, we drafted Jake Bequette who also had similar or better numbers against tough SEC competition and he warmed the bench last year.
2011: 28 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 10 sacks
2010: 32 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 7 sacks
2009: 39 tackles, 9 TFL, 5.5 sacks
Our need at DE is moderate compared to WR and perhaps CB. Still, I think Hunt would be a beast on special teams and has the chance to be as good, if not better, than Jones after a year or so. He is bigger, stronger and faster than Jones. The age thing doesn't worry me because you can only control your first round picks for 6 years anyway without using the tag.
Good stuff, and interesting stats. I'd forgotten about the age issue. Honestly, that may be the only reason why I wouldn't love to see us spend #29 on him. I just don't really like the thought of a 25 year old rookie, but I guess it wouldn't really be the end of the world either. I guess I would much rather see us trade back a bit and spend a 2nd on Hunt, but as I've mentioned on several occasions, finding a team to make that trade with will not be easy and I have a feeling we will be forced to make a pick at #29. Ultimately, there will be others available at 29 who I would rather see BB draft, but if he does take Hunt I will still be excited about the pick.