Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 22, 2005.
Colts select...Rob Hunt
C | (6'3", 301, 4.93) | NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Strengths: Has an intriguing combination of size, strength, speed and athletic ability. Is tall with decent bulk. Has the frame to continue to get bigger. Is stronger in the upper body than the lower body. Has impressive weight-room strength and shows good initial pop in his punch. He has good initial quickness, lateral movement and top-end speed. Shows the ability to reach the second level and hit the moving target in space. Is a flexible O-lineman with tremendous durability. Experienced (42 consecutive starts) and dominated the DI-AA level of competition.
Weaknesses: Comes from small school level and competition is a concern. Lacks ideal base and lower body strength. Will have some trouble against massive NT's at the next level. Needs to play with more consistent leverage. Hand-placement and awareness also need to improve.
Overall: Hunt redshirted in 2000 and started all 10 games at center as a redshirt freshman in 2001 and as a sophomore in 2002. He has not missed a start in his college career and he was a team captain in 2003 as a junior and 2004 as a senior. Finished career with 42-consecutive starts. As a senior in 2004, he won the Dave Rimington Award, which is given to the top center in DI-AA. Hunt has a chance to develop into a late-round "sleeper" from this year's class. His level of competition is obviously a concern. He also has work to do in terms of his technique and his lower body strength. However, Hunt is a durable and tough player with an impressive combination of size, speed and athletic ability. He improved each year at the collegiate level and he was one of the most impressive linemen at the 2005 combine. In our opinion, Hunt has loads of upside in the NFL and is worth taking a chance on at any point in the final three rounds.
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Robert Hunt, OC, North Dakota State
Height: 6:03.6 Weight: 301
Overview: Hunt is a fun-loving and outgoing personality who holds a very special place in the hearts of the North Dakota State coaching staff. He came to the program as a defensive lineman, but not only made a successful switch to center in 2001, he thrived at his new position. He worked hard and long to master his craft and the results have been numerous postseason honors. He started 42 consecutive games for the Bison and did not allow a quarterback sack in his last two seasons, a remarkable feat considering that he played with a cast on his snapping hand for most of the 2003 campaign. Hunt attended Cavalier High School, where he was a two-time All-Conference, All-Region and All-State selection. He also competed in wrestling, where he was a three-time state qualifier and two-time state place winner. He was North Dakota's prep runner-up as a senior and twice the team's Most Valuable Wrestler. Hunt sat out the 2000 season at North Dakota State to adjust to playing center. He started every game the rest of his career. Hunt helped the Herd average 335 yards per game as a redshirt freshman. The offense improved slightly, averaging 338 yards per game during his sophomore year in 2002. Despite playing with a cast on his snapping hand in 2003, he allowed no quarterback sacks and only one pressure while grading 93.5 percent for blocking consistency while making 32 knockdown blocks. He earned All-American, All-Great West Conference and Great West Offensive Lineman of the Year honors in 2004. In his final season, he again graded 93.5 percent for blocking consistency, but without the cast on his hand, he developed into a dominant drive blocker. He increased his knockdown block total to 72 and again did not allow a sack or pressure for the entire campaign.
Analysis: Positives... Has a solid overall muscular frame with room for additional growth. ... Has a very strong lower body, with excellent leg drive. ... Avid worker in the weight room, boasting some of the top lifting figures on the team. ... Shows a competitive and aggressive streak on the field and is the type that battles until the whistle. ... His dedication is unsurpassed. After suffering a thumb injury last year, the right-handed snapper taught himself to snap with his left hand and did not miss a beat. ... Can pull, run and seal off on the second level. ... Has good field vision and is alert to stunts and blitzes. ... Makes all the line calls and gets good explosion coming off the snap. ... Works well in combination with his guards on traps. ... Has a quick first step that allows him to gain advantage. ... Creates movement based on technique than sheer power, but strikes with good hand placement and showed in 2004 better ability to follow through behind his punch. ... Moves his feet and swings his hips to position and has the agility to move laterally. ... Fires to the second level and fits up quickly, moving his feet constantly in attempts to cut. ... Can wheel and change direction working in the second level and has enough speed to not only search out linebackers, but also seek out the safeties. ... While he might not always deliver power behind his punch, he shows good hand placement to control. ... Can slide his feet effortlessly to defeat counter moves in pass protection.
Negatives... Lacks natural knee bend and his stiffness causes him to get too high in his stance. ... When this happens, he loses his anchor and will get rocked back or thrown some. ... Can screen off, but is more of a push-shove type of drive blocker as he fails to sink his hips and drive the defender off the play. ... Will loose leverage and get pushed around by the bigger nose guards. ... Uses his hands more to control than punch, but needs to find a way to allow his weight room strength translate to the football field.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 4.88 in the 40-yard dash...410-pound bench press...550-pound squat...365-pound power clean...29.5-inch vertical jump...Right-handed...29/34 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 4.96 in the 40-yard dash...2.87 20-yard dash...1.78 10-yard dash...4.48 20-yard shuttle...7.53 three-cone drill...34.5-inch vertical jump...9'0" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times...32 1/8-inch arm length...10 -inch hands...25 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Cavalier (N.D.) Public High School, playing football for coach Rod Oksendhal... Two-time All-Conference, All-Region and All-State selection...Also competed in wrestling, where he was a three-time state qualifier and two-time state place winner...Was North Dakota's prep runner-up as a senior and twice the team's Most Valuable Wrestler.
Personal: Corporate/Community Health and Fitness major...One of five children of Tim Hunt and the late Deb Hunt...Born 3/03/81...Resides in Cavalier, North Dakota.
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