2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Robert Hunt
By Charlie Campbell
Summary: La.-Lafayette was known to have a three-headed monster at running back entering the 2019 season, but one of the big reasons for the team's ground success was the blocking up front led by Hunt. Hunt played tackle, but NFL teams are projecting him to move inside to guard as a pro. Hunt could be a sleeper pick on the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft who turns into a really good value.
In pass protection, Hunt projects to be an asset in the NFL. He has very good feet for a big guy, and that is why he played tackle in college. Hunt has a guard body for the pro game, but with his feet and athleticism ,he should be a tough interior blocker in pass protection. Hunt can glide with speed rushers and has the size to hold his ground against powerful defensive tackles. Improving his ability to bend will help him to pass protect at the pro level, but before long, he could be a really dependable and steady pass protector capable of neutralizing interior pass-rushers.
In the ground game, Hunt does a nice job of latching on tying up defenders. He is quick to the second level, and his good feet allow him to project extremely well to a zone-blocking scheme. With his footwork and athleticism, Hunt should be a good guard to pull and fire to the second level. He needs to develop more power and strength for the NFL, thus he would be a better fit as a left guard than a right guard. Hunt has a good build, but in order to get movement as a run blocker in the NFL, he will have to develop in the weight room.
Hunt's experience at tackle also offers some game-day versatility to chip in an emergency role there. While Hunt should play guard, a team could get away with him at tackle if injuries force their hand. Having that added flexibility is a nice added value for having Hunt as a starter at guard.
The 2020 NFL Draft should have at least nine offensive tackles get selected in the first rounds. Unless some of those tackles are being taken to move inside to guard, Hunt could be the first pure guard drafted. Some sources believe Hunt will get drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and he won't last long if he slips to the third round.
Player Comparison: James Carpenter. From a skill-set perspective, Hunt is similar to James Carpenter coming out of Alabama in 2011. Carpenter (6-5, 321) was a first-round pick, but he has not played up to his potential in the NFL because of intangibles. Hunt and Carpenter are almost identical in size with good feet and athleticism. Hunt could be a better version of Carpenter as a pro.
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