Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
Hunt is one of those guys that in 2-3 years, with the right coaching and enough patience, people will be saying, "how/why did we pass on him?" He's got all the tools, the size, the abilities and the desire, but he clearly hasn't been playing football long enough, or coached up properly in college. Get him paired with the right d-line coach and with veterans who can teach him the craft of playing the defensive line, and he could be a very disruptive 3-4 DE.
The flipside to that is, if he gets thrown in to the wrong situation, asked to do too much too soon and doesn't get coached up properly, he'll bust out of the league in no time. Unlike a lot of guys who have been playing football since they were kids and learned the basics early on, Hunt (and Ansah) will need the right support to make it.
Exactly. Also, people are concerned about his height, but isn't Calais Campbell about that 6'8?
Whoever we draft at DE should get playing time next season, but will not be thrust into a situation where they have to produce big immediately which bodes well for an extremely talented, but raw player. We also have every plus that you mentioned (good D-line coach and vets to teach him) With that said, I am against drafting him in the first round.
[ Edited by LifelongNiner on Jan 26, 2013 at 1:24 PM ]