KENDALL HUNTER, RB, OKLAHOMA STATE
Triangle Numbers: 5-7, 199, 4.53
• Short but compact with good bulk and a sturdy build
• Outstanding balance with a low center of gravity
• Terrific speed, quickness and agility with a burst
• A patient runner with excellent vision and instincts
• Can run between tackles or get outside and turn corner
• Is able to make defenders miss and will break tackles
• Soft hands and capable pass catcher out of backfield
• Tough, determined and runs harder than you’d expect
• Big play threat who can always take it the distance
• Smart with a great work ethic and leadership abilities
• Productive w/ lots of experience versus top competition
• Dealt with injuries and durability may be an issue
• Not especially shifty or elusive in the open field
• Isn’t real powerful and struggles in short-yardage
• An average blocker and must improve in that area
• Probably won’t carry the load or be a workhorse
Positives: Very shifty, eludes tackles with ease… Solid bulk and strong frame… Runs very low to the ground, tough to bring down because he’s seemingly always lower than the defender… Outstanding vision, finds holes immediately and knows where his blockers are at all times… Waits for his blocks to set up, very patient, smart player… Can be a capable receiver out of the backfield, does a good job catching the ball out of his hands and is a sound route runner… Plays up to competition, had 201 yards, 2 TD against a tough Nebraska defense in 2010… Excluding his injury plagued 2009 season, he has been very productive with over 3,100 rushing yards and 32 TD in his two full seasons (’08 and ’10) as the starter at Oklahoma State… Has Ray Rice-like potential.
Negatives: Although stocky, he’s still very small at just over 5’7… Doesn’t break a ton of long runs, only had one run over 30 yards in 271 carries in 2010… Limited around the goal line because of his size, won’t run through NFL defenders… Below average in pass protection, doesn’t set his feet and gets run over… Missed most of the 2009 season with an ankle injury… Likely not an every down back… Dances with his feet too much, would like to see him get up the field quicker… More quick than fast, doesn’t have great long speed… Has small hands, measured in with 8¾” hands at the combine
A short, compact running back who possesses decent thickness throughout his lower half, does a nice job running behind his pads and rarely exposes his frame to the big hit. Is a natural runner who displays a good feel both running from I-formation sets and from the gun. Exhibits an explosive first step when asked to press the hole with the balance and short-area quickness to cleanly side step defenders and accelerate into the open field. Displays impressive change-of-direction skills and is fluid inside, and he has the skill set to consistently create even when plays aren’t blocked off appropriately. Does a nice job making himself small through creases inside and always seems to be falling forward despite his size. Looks really comfortable on perimeter runs as well, picking his way through traffic and quickly planting his foot in the ground and accelerating toward daylight. Possesses good — not great — speed and does a great job accelerating out of his breaks. He’s a two-stepper who reaches top-end speed quickly.
Now, he will get caught dancing a bit too much at times behind the line and lacks the type of power to simply lower his shoulder and grind out tough yards inside. Can be wrapped up easily in a phone booth and isn’t a guy who will be able to run through many tacklers at the next level. However, his low pad level and balance allows him to stay on his feet through contact and at times bounce his way toward the sideline. Isn’t a real physical blocker and doesn’t have the type of lower body power to consistently anchor in blitz pick-up. However, does have the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He isn’t a real clean route runner at this stage, but can be a threat in the pass game.
Impression: When the guy is 100 percent healthy, he’s one of the more dynamic backs in college football. He’s shifty, explosive and has a great feel for tight areas. Looks like a guy who can be a threat both in space and between the tackles at the next level, and in my opinion is one of the top running back prospects in the nation and looks like a nice change of pace guy at the next level.
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Kendall Hunter is a second round running back prospect who reminds a lot of people of Ray Rice. Short, shifty, quick, can make plays out of the backfield and was super productive at Oklahoma. Doesn’t have great height, but neither does Ray Rice. At the very worst, he’s a great backup. But for a team that needs running back depth, Hunter would fit in nicely. Can run inside and out. Always a threat for a big play. Hampered by injuries, which is an issue. But, as a second round pick, he would be a perfect fit.