Heading into the NFL draft process, Hunter had one main goal.
“I wanted to show (NFL scouts) I could do everything, not just run the ball,” Hunter said. “Show them, in person, my speed, my explosion and I can catch the ball and field punts and kick return.”
Hunter has done that and more.
He was one of the most impressive players at the Senior Bowl in late January, displaying toughness and versatility during his week in Mobile, Ala. Several NFL Draft analysts singled out Hunter's pass protection ability as a pleasant surprise among the running backs at the Senior Bowl.
“I showed them I can block bigger defenders,” Hunter said. “I'm not scared to get in their face and I proved that at the Senior Bowl.”
The fourth-leading rusher in OSU history, Hunter projects to be a versatile running back in the NFL and could add kick and punt return duties to his repertoire at the next level.
“That came up a lot,” Hunter said of being asked to return kicks at the combine. “I told them I can do anything they want me to do, just put me out there.
“This is what I live for, it's been my dream to get to that next level.”