Now that the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine has come to an end, pieces are beginning to fall into place for the upcoming selection process that kicks off in Chicago on April 30. The New Orleans Saints have several voids to fill on both sides of the ball, and a pass rusher is one expected to be addressed in the early rounds.
Over the weekend in Indianapolis, many intriguing prospects disappointed while others blew away their spectators One kid who happened to impress during Sunday’s defensive line and linebacker drills was LSU DE Danielle Hunter.
With an abnormal blend of size, athleticism and explosiveness, the Katy, TX native has intriguing upside as an NFL defensive end. He finished first among defensive lineman in the 40-yard dash and bench pressed 225 LBS 25 times. However, he decided to call it quits after that, abandoning the remaining measurable drills.
Weight: 252 LBS
Arm Length: 34 1/4 inches
Hands: 10 1/2 inches
40-yard dash: 4.57 secs
Bench press (225 LBS): 25 reps
Before making the decision to forgo his senior year and enter the draft, Danielle Hunter played in 38 games with 23 starts in three years for the Tigers. He finished his career with 142 tackles (21 for loss), 4.5 sacks, eight pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
The sack numbers were low for him at LSU, but his ceiling remains high. Due to his physical attributes, Hunter could evolve into a monstrous pass rusher under the proper care of solid coaching.
Hunter’s freakish size and trait combination could suit him well in the National Football League. Projected to go somewhere in the second round, the New Orleans Saints may want to consider the former LSU Tiger if the pass rushing deficiency has not been addressed yet.