Hester, who is related to Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester, starred in both track and football at Dominguez High School, which is located in Compton, Calif. Hester was a three-time all-state track performer, and anchored the 4x400 meter relay team to a win with the fastest time (3:09.59) by a California school since 1997 and the fastest ever by a school in the Compton and Long Beach areas. As a football player, Hester was a four star recruit who in his senior season was a team captain and made 86 tackles, 14 pass deflections, and five interceptions as a corner, in addition to the 20 catches for 625 yards and six touchdowns he contributed at wide out.
Hester did not play in his first year on campus (2008), and the following year, he only played in two contests as he was limited by an injury. In 2010, Hester appeared in all 12 games and made 11 starts. He registered 26 tackles, with three interceptions and four passes defended. Hester played in all 14 games the next season and logged 12 starts. He recorded 57 tackles, one interception, and had seven pass breakups. In 2012, as a fifth year senior, Hester started all 14 games. He had 44 tackles, one interception, and seven passes defended on the season.
Great frame for the position. Has long arms and strength. Good athlete. Appears to run well, and changes directions smoothly. Fluid in his hips. Also showcases enough lateral agility to stick with receivers. Feels the receiver's route develop. Aggressive run defender, attacks downhill and wraps up.
Doesn't have great ball skills. Will struggle to get his head turned. Lacks great acceleration moving forward, doesn't stop his feet and drive on the football as well as you'd like. A bit unrefined from a technique standpoint. Gets latched on to receiver blocks. Shows some difficulties in zone coverage.
Hester has a great frame and is more fluid than most would think. He's a good all-around athlete and works well in man coverage. He needs to do a better job of finding and making plays on the football, but he should still be selected in the middle rounds.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.