STILLWATER — Kendall Hunter was content with his overall performance at the NFL Combine.
Yet, the former Oklahoma State running back wasn't content with his 40-yard dash time, having run a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis.
“I did pretty good overall at the combine,” Hunter said. “(But) I wanted to get my 40 time down.”
On Wednesday at Boone Pickens Stadium, Hunter was looking to run faster in front of a group of roughly 20 NFL scouts. Hunter didn't drastically improve his time on Wednesday morning — running in cold, windy conditions — but the Cowboys All-American was pleased with his effort.
“I feel like I ran pretty well,” said Hunter, who was clocked at several different times ranging from 4.49 to 4.53 with the wind and 4.54 to 4.58 against the wind.
Hunter's performance during the NFL Draft process has been superb. At the combine, the 5-foot-7, 200-pounder had 24 reps of 225 pound in the bench press; recorded a 35-inch vertical jump; 10-foot, 2-inch broad jump; 4.21 20-yard shuttle; and 6.74 three-cone drill.
Those numbers were so impressive Hunter chose to participate in position drills and the 40-yard dash only during OSU's pro day.
The Tyler, Texas, native was solid in position drills. He showed his ability to catch the ball and even displayed his punt return abilities by catching some punts during his workout.
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.”