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Titans Trade up to Draft Tennessee WR Justin Hunter

Posted Apr 26, 2013

The Tennessee Titans traded up six spots in the second round to draft University of Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter.
Click here for a slideshow from Hunter's career.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. --The Titans added another playmaking wide receiver to their offense, trading up six spots in the second round to draft University of Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter.

Tennessee traded its second-round pick (#40 overall) and seventh-round pick (#216 overall) this year and a third-round pick in 2014 to the 49ers to move up six spots to #34 overall. Hunter, one of most athletically-gifted players in this year's draft class, was projected by many to be a first-round pick.

Conference Call: WR Justin Hunter

He hauled in a career-high 73 passes last season, the second-highest total by a Volunteer in a campaign. Hunter also became only the seventh player in school history to generate 1,000 receiving yards in a season (1,083), producing the third-best campaign ever by a Volunteer. His nine touchdown grabs are tied with such standouts like Joey Kent (1995), Jermaine Copeland (1997) and Denarius Moore (2010) for seventh on Tennessee’s annual record chart.

Hunter's clutch receiving helped the Volunteers rank second in the league and 15th in the nation with an aerial attack that averaged 315.58 yards per game.

Hunter appeared in 28 games during his three-year career at Tennessee, starting 17 contests. He hauled in 106 passes for 1,812 yards (17.0 ypc) and 18 touchdowns, scoring 108 points as he returned four punts for 21 yards, recorded a solo tackle and blocked a kick.

His 1,812 receiving yards rank 11th on the school career-record list. Despite starting just 17 times, his eight 100-yard receiving performances tied Tim McGee (1982-85) and Peerless Price (1995-98) for third all-time by a Volunteer, topped by only Joey Kent (15; 1993-96) and Marcus Nash (11; 1994-97). His 18 touchdown receptions tied Cory Fleming (1990-93) and Denarius Moore (2007-10) for fifth on the school career-record chart, surpassed by Joey Kent (25), Cedrick Wilson (24; 1997-2000), Marcus Nash (20) and Peerless Price (19).

The only player in school history to catch more passes in a season was Marcus Nash (76 in 1997), as Hunter matched Lucas Taylor (73 in 2007) for the second spot on the Vols’ annual list. Robert Meachem (71 in 2006) is the only other Tennessee player to reach 70 receptions for a season.

The seventh player in school history to gain over 1,000 receiving yards in a campaign, his 1,083 yards rank third on the school annual record chart, surpassed by Robert Meachem (1,298 in 2006) and Marcus Nash (1,170 in 1997).

Hunter's nine touchdown grabs tied Da’Rick Rogers (2011), Denarius Moore (2010), Jermaine Copeland (1997) and Joey Kent (1995) for seventh on the Tennessee season-record list. His four games with at least 100 yards receiving also tied for seventh on the UT annual record book.

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