Photo of D.J. Hunter
4.99 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 205LBS. Weight


Hunter was an honorable mention All-Conference USA player in 2014 and 2015.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.37 seconds
Vertical: 39 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 10 inches
Short shuttle: 4.2 seconds
3-cone: 6.88 seconds
Bench: 14 reps of 225 pounds



Highly explosive athlete. Has instant "twitch­-and­-go" lateral quickness combined with a straight-­line burst to race down running backs to the edge. Lives in the box and rarely stays blocked using spin moves and hand technique to free himself. Passionate player with a high-­end motor. Disruptive quickness as blitzer and gap-­shooter against the run. Pro day results were off the charts.


Labeled as a strong safety but is really a linebacker. Much too small, at this point, to be a linebacker in NFL. Has very limited coverage experience relative to what will be asked of him in NFL as a safety. Has no interceptions and just three passes defensed during career. Lunges as tackler and needs to bring feet with him. Highly recruited out of high school but had scholarship offer pulled by Tennessee. Has a long list legal issues to work through.

Draft Projection

Undrafted free agent

Bottom Line

Has the size, speed and production to be considered as an NFL strong safety, but his lack of coverage experience and his character concerns including a felonious assault charge and domestic violence issues could push him into the undrafted free agency market despite his athletic traits. While Hunter is a few years past his prior issues, he's also set to be a 26-year-old rookie in August which is another mark against him.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster