Early NFL Draft projections for 2011 don’t offer much to interest Oklahoma State fans. While this year’s first round gave them Russell Okung and Dez Bryant, next year gives reason for taking on an outdoors project, like planting a garden. Forget Mel Kiper’s big board; his list of "5s” — the top five players at every position, spanning some 80 players deep — doesn’t include an Oklahoma State player. Todd McShay, Kiper’s ESPN pal, put together an early mock Round 1, as well as a group of players to watch, offensive and defensive. Void of Cowboys. Maybe it’s an accurate assessment. OSU’s roster is young, featuring only 16 total seniors, including a handful of walk-ons. And yet, the gurus would do good not to sleep on Kendall Hunter. Spud could be 2011’s C.J. Spiller. Spiller, the multi-skilled running back from Clemson, rode a reputation of explosive production and potential to the No. 9 pick overall. And while Hunter doesn’t yet carry such rich stock, he’s a player to remember. Just remember Hunter’s 2008, which has been diluted by his injury-marred 2009, which is a shame. In ’08, Hunter posted the nation’s seventh-best rushing average at 119.6 yards a game and earned first-team All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America. His nine 100-yard rushing games trailed only Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders (12) and Heisman runner-up Terry Miller (11) on the single-season list at OSU. Hunter’s ’09, however, is one to forget. And that — more specifically durability questions — is what he must overcome to put himself on the draft map. But if Hunter proves completely healed from the foot woes of his past — and he looked it in the spring — he should thrive in the reshaped spread offense of Dana Holgorsen. Hunter’s not only a threat to break off a big run, but he can catch, too, which will play well in the open spaces of Holgorsen’s scheme and in NFL war rooms. "I love being in space,” Hunter said after dazzling in the spring game. Cowboy defensive tackle Shane Jarka found himself in hopeless pursuit of Hunter all spring. "Kendall is an amazing running back,” Jarka said. "He can go out to the flat and take a pass and take it the distance. He’s one of a kind.” Or maybe a Spiller clone. Hunter is fast and elusive, a big play bound to happen, much like the former Clemson star. Their size is similar, with Spiller at 5-foot-10 and 196 pounds; Hunter at 5-8, 197. Their electrifying play is also similar. They’re far apart in status, though. For now. Just don’t sleep on Kendall Hunter.