Teams can sometimes score public relations points by bringing in local talent. It raises morale of fans to see their well known player playing for the same state. Often this takes place during later rounds with prospects that contribute mainly on Special Teams. Certain occasion however, bring high-level players such as linebacker Pat Tillman for the Arizona Cardinals in 1998. Tillman made his solid reputation at Arizona State. As a seventh-round pick he defied expectations by registering 238 tackles in just three seasons. He provides a great example of success with a professional team in the same state as their college. The Tennessee Titans hope they have landed another from this category.
Justin Hunter was a second-round choice of the Titans in 2013’s NFL Draft. In three seasons of college football at Tennessee, he collected 18 receiving touchdowns. A down year in 2011 only resulted in two scores, however that was rectified by nine touchdowns his junior season. At 6-foor-4 and 200 pounds, Hunter brings a tremendous build. Despite such size he also is capable of making defenders miss. Of course there are some concerns.
When dealing with a junior prospect there is frequently some worry about maturity. That final year can serve many as a valuable developmental period. Consistency also could be question when considering the drop I already mentioned. Winning a starting job is possible for this rookie.
Nate Washington is solid when it comes to game-breaking speed but decline shows. His four touchdowns were the lowest total since 2008. Kenny Britt has so much talent however; a lack of stability causes problems for this promising athlete. Damian Williams failed to score a touchdown last year and is not starter quality. Michael Preston caught and grand total of five passes his rookie year. Last season’s first-round pick Kendall Wright played well with 64 catches and Kevin Walter is a solid addition from the Houston Texans. They are this rookie’s biggest threat while Marc Mariani mainly contributes returning. Hunter could struggle right now as he deals with a hamstring injury causing him to miss recent OTAs. His absence has made some teammates feeling dissatisfied.
Reports state that Hunter will spend time learning the Titans’ offense. Once he completely comprehends their playbook Tennessee has a potentially dynamic receiver.