Add an intriguing potential Day 3 running back prospect to the list of hopefuls who have visited the New York Giants in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft. Akeem Hunt of Purdue reportedly visited the Giants at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Monday.
Now, back to discussing Hunt.
Here is what Gil Brandt of NFL.com said after Hunt's impressive pro day performance earlier this month:
Running back Akeem Hunt (5-9 3/4, 189) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 and 4.36 seconds. He had a 37-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-2 broad jump. He did the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.11 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.71 seconds. He performed 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Hunt really was impressive in the positional workout, looking outstanding catching the ball coming out of the backfield. Based on this workout, Hunt will be a draft choice, most likely in the late rounds.
Hunt is small, but brings blazing speed, pass-catching ability and kickoff return experience to the table. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry during four seasons at Purdue, caught 86 passes over the past two seasons and averaged 23.6 yards on 74 kickoff returns during his time with the Boilermakers.
Every team can use a third down back and a kickoff returner, and I think there is a home somewhere in the league because of that for Hunt. If he does not get picked in the later rounds he will be a valuable pickup in free agency with a legit chance to make a roster thanks to his big play ability.
Dane Brugler of CBS Sports has Hunt listed as a likely undrafted free agent in his 2015 NFL Draft Guide. NFL.com summarized Hunt's skills this way:
Will flash signs of blazing speed and potential during games, but doesn't have consistency of production at any one position to create confidence in giving him much of a draftable grade. Is too hesitant and lacks the vision necessary to be reliable as an NFL running back. His ability to return kicks might be a foot in the door while an offensive coordinator figures out how to use him.