Photo of Hayden Hunt
Grade
4.9 ?
  • 6'0" Height
  • 29 7/8" Arm Length
  • 212LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Hunt was a two-sport star at vaunted Long Beach Poly, an all-region placekicker, and four-time all-conference baseball player. He redshirt in 2012, then grabbed the job the next year (41.9 gross average, 14 punts inside the 20-yard line vs. four touchbacks). Hunt improved as a sophomore, earning honorable mention All-Mountain West honors (43.8 gross avg, 14 inside 20 vs four TB). A Ray Guy award finalist in 2015, Hunt ranked fifth in FBS in gross punting average (46.0 yards) and led the nation in net average (41.96) most of the year. The second-team All-Mountain West pick had 18 fair catches forced, 24 dropped inside the 20, and just a single touchback, all among the best figures in the country. Hunt was a first-team all-conference selection as a senior (44.3 gross avg., 40.9 net avg., 22 inside of 20, two TB) and also held for placements.

Analysis

Strengths

Four-year punter. Will dabble with rugby punts, but has talent as a base punter. Able to hit the ball with desired hang time when he's punting for placement. Consistent punter whose yards per punt rarely fluctuated from year to year. Has hit almost 48 percent of his punts inside the 20-yard line over last two seasons.

Weaknesses

Operation time can be way too slow. Has had three punts blocked in his career. Has a bad habit of shuffling feet and taking excess baby steps after catching a low snap. Fair catch totals are a little lower than desired.

Bottom Line

Highly experienced with 230 punts under his belt, Hunt is an accomplished base punter with the ability to hit the ball with decent distance and hang time. Hunt will need to speed up his operation time if he gets his shot in the pros.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.