The National Football Post, among other sources, have confirmed that the Saints will hold a private workout with Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter.
Hunter has shot up draft boards since the Cowboy’s pro day on March 3rd where he improved his forty-yard dash time to 4.43 from the 4.53 number he posted at the Combine.
NFL teams have pegged him to go at the top of the second round in the upcoming draft, but there is a small group that believes he may go in the bottom of the first. New Orleans holds the 24th pick in the first round and the 56th pick in the second round.
Last season at Oklahoma State Hunter rushed for 1,548 yards and sixteen touchdowns eclipsing 100 or more yards in 9 of the 12 contests including a season high 257 yard, four touchdown performance opening day against Washington State.
In four seasons with the Cowboys Hunter totaled 4,181 rushing yards, 37 touchdowns and averaged nearly six yards per carry.
Hunter, at 5 foot 7 and 200 pounds, is a “bowling ball” type running back with a similar body type to Jaguars running back Maurice Jones Drew who also stands 5 foot 7 and weighs 208 pounds. Comparisons have also been made to Chargers running back Darren Sproles.
Scouts note that Hunter shows great visions and pose to hit holes, possesses great straight line speed and is extremely hard to tackle. Saints fans may read into this and see Hunter as a similar player to Reggie Bush, but given Hunter’s compact frame it makes him much more of a power runner than Bush.
The Saints have not drafted a running back since 2006 when they took Bush with the second overall pick. In fact every running back on the Saints roster went undrafted beside veterans Julius Jones, DeShawn Wynn and Ladell Betts who are all questionable to return in 2011.