Name: Kendall Hunter
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Position: Running Back
Years Pro: 2
Draft stock: (Dropping) Last year’s torn Achilles tendon has Hunter dropping in draft boards across the country. With Frank Gore and LaMichael James ahead of Hunter on the depth chart, it’s likely that the third-string running will go undrafted this season.
2012 fantasy impact: Prior to a Week 12 injury, Hunter looked better than even Gore at times! Hunter would end the season averaging 5.2 yards per carry, yet as a back-up running back you’d expect more than just two touchdowns from Hunter.
Best-case scenario: Hunter rebounds from last year’s Achilles injury in big way with five touchdowns and remains the 49ers’ second option at running back. Want to get really adventurous? Gore misses time and Hunter becomes an every-down back in jut his third season.
Worst-case scenario: James and Gore make Hunter obsolete and the third-year back is cut before the season even begins. The 49ers move on from Hunter and his Achilles gives other NFL teams cause for concern.
Where you should draft him: Depending on the severity of Hunter’s injury; the San Fran running back could be out for the first month of the 2013 season. However, Hunter is a low-risk high-reward player who deserves a 15th-round selection.