Speed almost always translates into opportunity in the NFL, and such is the case with Akeem Hunt. The former Purdue running back turned his blazing speed and big-play potential into an opportunity with the New York Giants. Let's look closer at Hunt as we continue our series of player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.
2014 Season in Review
Ran the ball 173 times for 949 yards last season at Purdue, an average of 5.5 yards per carry. He also caught 48 passes. For his career, Hunt averaged that same 5.5 yards per carry and caught an even 100 passes. He also averaged 23.6 yards on kickoff returns during his collegiate career.
2015 Season Outlook
The Giants signed the 5-foot-10, 183-pound Hunt as an undrafted free agent, probably intrigued by his 4.36 40-yard dash speed, along with his pass-catching and kick returning skills. Does he have a chance to turn those into a spot on the Giants' roster?
Here is the scouting report on Hunt from NFL.com:
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.
TFY Draft Insider said:
Hunt plays with a fearless style and is a threat to take it the distance anytime there's an opening. He's a triple-threat skill player who can help a team at running back, as a receiver as well as returning punts or kicks and should be given a chance this summer.
The knocks on Hunt are inconsistency and the fact that his slight frame makes him easy to tackle once opponents get their hands on him.
The Giants appear set at the first three running back spots, with Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen and Andre Williams. If he is going to make the roster, Hunt will have to outperform Orleans Darkwa, an impressive second-year man who played in seven games for the Giants a year ago, running five times for 21 yards (4.2 yards per carry) with one touchdown and catching two passes.
Hunt would seem like a prime candidate for the practice squad should be not make the season-opening roster.