It's always unspoken in the coaching ranks. No matter how long you've been in the business, the day might come when you're told you're not needed anymore. Johnson "Jeep" Hunter lived through that day two years ago. A 20-year veteran coach, Hunter had finished his second season at Georgia Tech when...[details]
2007 (Sophomore): Sophomore who is slated for action at tight end this spring... split the 2006 season between tight end and wide receiver as a redshirt freshman... saw action in 12 games... caught six passes for 113 yards, an average of 18.8 yards per catch... made his first and only collegiate start against Wofford, getting the nod at tight end... was moved back to wide receiver the following week... caught his first career touchdown pass - a 25-yarder from Syvelle Newton - against Auburn... caught two passes for 41 yards against Middle Tennessee.
2006 (Freshman): Redshirt freshman who made the transition from wide receiver to tight end during the spring... could be a big factor in the Gamecocks' passing attack in 2006... has good hands... gained 25 pounds and is penciled in as the backup tight end entering the fall... named the Most Improved Tight End during spring drills.
The Good: An explosive athlete who quickly gets out of his stance and into routes. Has the speed to get down the field and consistently threaten the second level. Possesses good coordination and body control for his size and does a good job accelerating out of his breaks. Has the frame and strength to hold up at the point of attack in the run game. The Bad: Is still developing as a route runner and doesn't have a great feel for reading zone and man coverages. Hasn't lined up much as a traditional tight end and lacks the technique and hand placement to handle a defensive end on the outside. Lets the ball get into his body too often.
Positives: Has exceptionally long, 353/4-inch arms and big hands and can extend outside his frame to pluck it. Can cover a lot of ground with long strides. Natural hands and body control. Solid positional blocker. Has a 41-inch vertical jump and rare leaping ability. Excellent straight-line speed - paced all tight ends with a 4.5 40-time at the Combine. Worked out like a phenom at the Combine. Negatives: Too gangly. Does not play with awareness - is not quick into his routes, is late to get his head around and react to the thrown ball. Shows marginal awareness against the blitz and little feel for coverage. Not strong and gets knocked off routes. Too often telegraphs his routes and breaks stride to haul in the ball. A bit duck-footed. Runs a lot of simple digs, hitches, drags and pick routes and is seldom used down the field. Seldom separates. Drifts in his routes and does not play fast. Shows little creativity after the catch. Marginal base blocker. Not a finisher. Does not play with urgency. Could take some time to grasp an NFL offense. Summary: Blew the doors off the Combine with a jaw-dropping performance and very likely will be drafted higher than he grades out on tape because of his rare athletic ability. However, the team that invests highly will have to be very patient and will need to spend a lot of time developing him. A much better athlete than football player, Cook possesses the speed to be a vertical threat even if he was rarely used that way in college and his natural physical talent gives him a great chance to be successful. Grade: Second-to-third-round talent.