Allows his footwork to get a bit overextended and struggles to generate a great burst for himself when asked to close on the football. Plays more so at one speed when asked to click and close in space. Has above-average straight-line speed, but it takes him a couple steps to reach his top-end gear. Looks more effective and quick in tight quarters where he has the body control to pick his way through traffic and side step blocks.
Looks natural working his way toward the football on perimeter runs, keeping himself clean through traffic and putting himself in position to make plays. However, struggles to break down consistently on contact. Isn't overly physical and lacks the ability to cleanly shed a block and make a play on the football. Often gets knocked off balance into the tackle and pushed past the play. Possesses good instincts vs. the inside run game, quickly locating the football and putting himself in position to make plays. But, again, struggles to break down and has a tendency to overrun the football. Puts himself in position to make plays, but simply lacks that sixth sense to consistently finish on the football.
Impression: Has a chance because of his sound instincts and overall athletic skill set. But isn't real impressive vs. the run game, struggles to break down on contact and seems to be pushed around and knocked off balance easily inside the box. Nothing more than a fringe roster guy."
Positive: Athletic weak side linebacker prospect with a total game. Breaks down well, shows speed sideline-to-sideline, and covers a lot of area on the field. Very effective in space, gets depth on pass drops, and easily flows to the action. Fast out to the flanks, is explosive, and plays with great quickness. Uses his hands to protect himself, displays a burst to the action, and is exceptional in pursuit. Rarely off his feet, shows skill in coverage, and makes a lot of athletic plays.
Negative: Marginally instinctive and slow finding the ball at times. Not a strong wrap-up tackler. Struggles taking on blocks and gets smothered at the point.
Analysis: Hunter has been a productive college linebacker who's capable of being a three-down defender. He's one of the more underrated prospects at the position and is a solid weak-side prospect who could develop into a starter at the next level."