Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU
Projected round: 2
6-5, 252 lbs
2014: 73 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 6 pass breakups
2013: 57 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3 sacks
Danielle Hunter has a freakish combination of size, athleticism, and explosiveness. He easily topped all defensive linemen at NFL Scouting Combine with his impressive 4.57 40-Yard Dash. He also has very long arms which allows him to create separation between him and offensive lineman.
While his sack numbers were low (1.5), Hunter led all SEC defensive lineman in "stuffs" (tackles for no gain or loss) with 17. Because he is so athletic, Hunter is very fluid in space and moves well laterally. He plays with a high motor and is great in pursuit. He is considered "squeaky clean" off the field by NFL scouts.
A former LSU coach had high praise for Hunter. "If he walked into your living room, your eyes would pop out of your head. He looks that good on the hoof. He's going to blow up the combine, and then ace all of the interviews and NFL teams are going to fall in love with him. He still needs someone to unlock all that talent, though."
Often relies purely on his athleticism. His technique needs to be improved and is seen as a bit of a project. His production does not match his potential which is why he is projected in the second round.
Danielle Hunter is a top-15 talent but will likely drop to the second round because of his production at LSU. He is a physical nightmare and has an impressive combination of size, explosiveness, speed, and potential. His ceiling is high enough where he reminds me of Jason Pierre-Paul as he is freakishly athletic. But in order to reach his potential, he will need a coaching staff that can improve his technique.