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The following scouting reports were taken from Pro Football Weekly's 2013 Draft Preview book, which is now on sale. You can order it today through the PFW Store, or by calling 1-800-FOOTBALL (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).
WR (X) Justin Hunter, #11 (Junior)
PFW Grade: 6.15
Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 196 | Sp: 4.44 | Arm: 331/4 | Hand: 93/8
Notes: Was an all-state selection and one of the top wide receiver prospects in Virginia as a prep. Also won the state championships in the high jump and the long jump plus participated in basketball. As a true freshman in 2010, he played in all 13 contests, making starts against Alabama and Mississippi, and grabbed 16 passes for 415 yards (25.9-yard average) and seven touchdowns. In ’11, he started the first three games and hauled in 17-314-2 (18.5) before tearing the ACL in his left knee against Florida. Returned in the fall of ’12 and led the team in receiving with 73-1,083-9 (14.8) in 12 starts at the “Z” receiver. Did not bench press at the Combine because of a left pectoral strain and sat out some shuttles after cramping.
Positives: Excellent height and overall body length. Can slip the jam. Eliminates cushion. Has legit, field-stretching vertical speed. Fluid, elastic and highly athletic with a loose lower body for his build — sinks his hips and bends his knees into breaks. Explosive — 11-foot, 4-inch broad jump was second-best at the Combine. Outstanding leaping ability (391⁄2-inch vertical jump). Tracks very well over his shoulder. Highpoints throws. Has big-time playmaking ability. Lined up outside and inside. Strong character traits — hardworking and disciplined. Works at the craft. High upside.
Negatives: Is lean and narrow-framed and needs to continue bulking up. Not a finished product — consistency does not parallel ability. Not yet a nuanced route runner. Lets throws into his body. Concentration drops. Can refine hand selection. Still learning to control his body and use size to his advantage. Needs to become a stronger traffic player to consistently secure contested grabs. Straight-linish after the catch. Finesse mentality. Not a physical blocker. Junior production was inflated against mid-major competition.
Summary: Long-levered, lithe “X” receiver with intriguing length, speed, explosiveness, elevation and playmaking to impact games as a vertical, outside-the-numbers/red-zone leaper. High-ceiling, high-floor prospect just scratching the surface, having gained more than 15 pounds of muscle since the end of the season and begun to develop more confidence. Poor man’s A.J. Green with Pro Bowl potential.
NFL projection: Top-40 pick.
WR (F)-RS Robert Woods, #2 (Junior)
PFW Grade: 5.59
Ht: 6-03/8 | Wt: 201 | Sp: 4.51 | Arm: 31 | Hand: 91/4
Notes: The California prep was a Parade and USA Today All-America selection after leading his team to a state championship with 66 receptions for 1,112 yards and 15 touchdowns as a receiver and 96 tackles and eight interceptions as a defensive back. Also a member of the track team, running the 200- and 400-meter races and on the 400-meter relay team. Had a spectacular true freshman season in 2010, winning the Pac-10 Offensive Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-America honors after a team-leading 65 passes for 792 yards (12.2-yard average) and six touchdowns while returning 38 kickoffs for 971 yards (25.6-yard average) and a 97-yard touchdown return against Minnesota in 13 starts at wide receiver. In addition, he rushed six times for 50 yards (8.3-yard average). Became the first USC true freshman to start a season opener at wide receiver in the post-World War II era. In ’11, he was a consensus All-American and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award after hauling in a team-high 111-1,292-15 (11.6) in 12 starts. The 111 catches set conference and school records. Also contributed 7-16-0 (2.3) rushing, 17-393-0 (23.1) on kickoff returns and 13-118-0 (9.1) on punt returns. Started 12-of-13 games in ’12 and was the team’s second leading receiver with 76-846-11 (11.1). Was the main punt returner with 17-61-0 (3.6), had a 76-yard run against Syracuse and leaves USC as the school’s all-time leader in receptions with 252.
Positives: Accelerates off the line. Moves fluidly. Field-fast. Stems and changes gears to separate — gets in and out of breaks quickly. Extends to catch and has soft hands. Good field awareness — throttles down in zone windows and knows where the sticks are. Surprising toughness to work inside and compete in traffic. Creates after the catch. Has experience as a kickoff and punt returner. Productive from Day One in a premier program.
Negatives: Short arms. Has a narrow frame and lean build — durability could be an issue. Needs an NFL strength and conditioning program — has 11.7 percent body fat. Can improve functional strength to better combat the jam. Lacks elite top-end speed. Not a special leaper. Concentration drops (average hand strength). Can improve as a blocker. Ordinary splash play production. Maturity needs to be examined.
Summary: Sleek, fluid, versatile receiver with a mixture of playmaking ability and possession skills. Production decreased as a junior in the shadow of Marquise Lee’s rising star, but Woods has the chops to become a solid No. 2 option working primarily in the slot.
NFL projection: Second- to third-round pick.
These scouting reports were taken from Pro Football Weekly's 2013 Draft Preview book, which is now on sale. You can order it today through the PFW Store, or by calling 1-800-FOOTBALL (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).