Photo of Joey Hunt
Drafted By: Seahawks
Grade
4.8 ?

Draft Analysis:

Tom Cable has a set of kids to mold into his scheme. Hunt has size deficiencies but he's the type of mobile blocker Cable can work with. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'0" Height
  • 295LBS. Weight

Overview

Hunt is an underrated member of a prolific TCU offense that ranked fifth and third in the country the past two years, respectively. The Texas all-state pick on offense and defense during his high school days, Hunt was destined to be a stalwart on the offensive lines for the Horned Frogs. After a freshman season that saw him play seven games, starting once at left guard, he moved to the pivot, where he led his team for three straight seasons (save one start at right guard against Texas in 2013). Even though Hunt did not start the final three games of his senior year due to injury, Big 12 coaches named him first-team all-conference. The previous year, he had garnered second-team All-Big 12 honors after starting all 13 games.

Analysis

Strengths

Scholar­-athlete who brings mental sharpness from classroom onto the field. Instinctive, efficient center. Will climb up to second level rather than linger on secure blocks that are already in the bag. Plays with proper base and mirrors inside linebacker movement on his way up to them on run plays. Quick, darting eyes to find incoming traffic when he senses twists. Plays with functional change of direction ability. Brings feet up under his hips to secure his block and can shuffle them into position while on the move to get defenders pinned. Shows surprising anchor for his size when under duress against bull­ rush. Flat-back posture in pass sets.

Weaknesses

Undersized for the position. May not have much room for additional mass on his frame. Nose tackles with length can get into him and control the snap. Can improve balance at contact on second level. Despite a start at guard, his size makes him a one position player. Will face steep increase in strength in quickness from what he's seen in the Big 12. Gets grabby at times and holding penalties have found him more than they should this season. Short arms will always be a concern for him.

Draft Projection

Undrafted free agent

Sources Tell Us

"Not sure why, but he's been flying under the radar with scouts I talk to all year long. I like him. I think he can play in our league." --­ AFC area scout

Bottom Line

Technically sound, three-year starter who plays with confidence and consistency. Hunt lacks the size and length that teams look for from draftable centers, but his football IQ, consistency and functional strength give him a shot.
-Lance Zierlein
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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

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