College Football Rumors: SEC Wide Reciever to NFL Draft Could Start Avalanche

By Curt Popejoy
Justin Hunter
Jim Brown-US Presswire

It often only takes one move to start a flood of moves when it comes to college football and the 2013 NFL Draft. Once a player at a certain school declares, that often prompts another player or 2 from their team to do the same. This is a real possibility as Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter prepares to throw his hat in the ring for the NFL draft.

First on Hunter. In a very much down wide receiver group, a group that contains lots of nice players but none that really wow teams, Hunter was wise to declare. He’s got great length at 6-4 and runs like a gazelle. This season he flashed moments of real greatness in the Volunteers offense, and comparisons to players like Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress and New Orleans Saints wide out Marques Colston are fair. The Vols team was in a lot of turmoil this season but Hunter was one of the few real bright spots. And with the flux with the coaching staff it makes perfect sense that he go ahead and make the jump.

As for where Hunter will be drafted, depending on which other underclassmen declare I would put Hunter firmly somewhere between the 3rd and 7th wide out off the board, and almost a lost to be take in the top 75 picks. There’s probably very little he can do next season to improve his stock against who will be in the 2014 class. But the real question is, will Hunter declaring start an avalanche of other skill players?

My short answer is yes. I won’t be at all shocked if between now and the deadline to file quarterback Tyler Bray and wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson follow suit leaving the cupboards pretty bare for the new regime at Tennessee. All 3 are top 100 players, and I wouldn’t blame any of them in the least to get out while the getting is good.

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