Rookie free agent profile: Randall Hunt, G, Illinois

Ed Note: We are going to run some rookie free agent profiles this week from our friend Mike at RamView.

Randall Hunt 6’6″ 315
G, Illinois

Rankings: 28th-ranked guard by Pro Football Weekly. Graded as having a 50/50 chance to make an NFL roster or practice squad.

NFLDraftScout: 24th-ranked guard, #425 player overall, free-agent grade.

Consensus Draft Services projected Hunt as a 7th-round pick.

Biography/honors:
2010: Played in 13 games, starting 12. Also played in the 2011 East-West Shrine Game. Illini rushed for over 200 yards 7 times, 300 yards 4 times, and 519 yards vs. Northwestern. Illini led the Big Ten (Twelve) in rushing and were 11th in the nation with 246.1 yards per game. The Illini offense broke the school scoring record, finished 2nd in school history in rushing yards and 4th in total yards.
2009: Played in 12 games, started 11. Illini rushed for over 200 yards 6 times, 300 yards 3 times, with a high of 384 vs. Illinois State.
2008: Played in five games.
2007: Played in two games.
2006: Redshirted.

Major: Media studies.

Injuries: None reported.

Pro Day Stats: (not invited to NFL Combine)
5.41 40 (2011 Combine average for offensive linemen: 5.34)
1.79 10-yard split (1.81 was average for tackles at 2010 Combine)
4.81 short shuttle (4.74)
8.08 3-cone drill (bottom 10, average was 7.78)
25.5” vertical leap (bottom 10)
8’4” broad jump (middle of the pack)
33 bench presses (best at Combine was 34)

Positives: Good-sized, strong lineman who has a mean streak and blocks with violence. When he gets his hands on you it’s all over. Uses hands well and has powerful lower body which makes him hard to move. Seal blocks well and has a terrific punch. Stonewalled second-round pick Marvin Austin a few times during the Shrine Game, the only lineman who looked respectable against Austin that whole game. He’s also credited with shutting down first-round pick Phil Taylor in the Texas Bowl. Drew interest from several NFL teams.

Negatives: Heavy-legged waist-bender with slow feet. When defender gets a step, he can’t adjust quickly enough and will get beaten badly. Needs to refine technique. Loses leverage when he blocks and makes himself easy to push around. Gets knocked backward off the snap too often. Marginal athlete with a limited upside.

Compares to: 2011 Steelers sixth-round pick Keith Williams.

Fun Facts: Hunt attended Valley Forge Military Academy, which has produced quite a few good NFL players, including Larry Fitzgerald, Jeff Otah, Julian Peterson and Chris Doleman. Though he’s an o-lineman, Hunt’s favorite athlete is Reggie White.

RamView: The Rams have added Harvey Dahl this offseason, but traded John Greco, so they can still use a road-grader guard with a mean streak. Hunt’s got those qualities, and it’s a bit of a surprise the Rams got him without using a draft pick. He played well at the Shrine Game, has held his own against some of the top defensive tackles in the draft, and his bench press performance would have been 2nd-best at the Combine. He blocked for a school-record-setting running game that was one of the best in the country last year. Rams did a good job on their homework when they signed Randall Hunt, who should have a very good chance to make the practice squad, just for starters.

Sources: Pro Football Weekly 2011 Draft Guide, NFLDraftScout.com, Illinois Athletics website, Consensus Draft Services, SBNation, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNNSI, ESPN


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