Background: Born in Wiergate, Texas, Hunt is known as a small town kid who doesn’t come from much. A surrounding population of nearly 500 residents, the town is mostly made up of dirt roads, few stop lights and one central grocery store. Moving to Fort Worth, Texas at a young age, he lived in a four-bedroom house with his mom, cousins, aunts, and other siblings (four sisters and one brother).
Moving back and forth to Forth Worth multiple times due to hurricane evacuations and the family needing help financially and without consistent shelter. The hardest part of his life came following Hurricane Rita (2005). The storm destroyed the families trailer park home and with his family forced to relocate, they found a foreclosure home with multiple holes in the ceiling, floor, and walls. It was all the family had at the time and what they needed to survive the elements. Moving back to Fort Worth for the final time where he would remain through his freshman year, he remained unsatisfied.
Convincing his parents to move back to Wiergate, he finished his final three years at Burkeville High School. Sports was Hunt’s scapegoat from the adversity and he found a new hobby in basketball while also competing in football. Signing with the Rajin Cajuns, he went on to become a stalwart for the program. As a redshirt freshman, he started all 13 games at left guard.
Shuffling around more during his second season, Hunt started nine games at left guard and two as the teams left tackle. His versatility continued as a junior (2018) where he started all 14 games at left tackle. Looking to finish his career strong, he would only start in seven games (right tackle) as a senior after nursing a groin injury. The nagging injury forced him to undergo a surgical procedure that kept him out of the 2020 Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
Scheme Fit: Man/Gap/Power Blocking
Round Projection: 3rd-4th Round
Feet Underneath: Hunt is always aware with keeping his feet underneath him as he takes violent jab steps into the ground prior to engaging with blocks. The overexertion of his steps have a positive effect on his entire movement process as he gathers momentum to create a considerable amount of movement at the point of attack.
Punisher/Extra Mile: Hunt isn’t a blocker that is simply satisfied with staying in front of his assignment and the play ending there. He loves to take it to the next level and leave a dent in whoever he’s blocking. When uncovered in pass protection, he continues to scan for dangerous threats. If none are found, he looks to help a teammate that’s occupied with a block in order to give extra help. With his combination of power and force, he’s able to create gaping running lanes. As a down blocker, Hunt has a fierce mentality coupled with a want to with dominating the man across from him. A true road grader, who has a game that translates well to the next level. Still finding his way as a consistent pass protector, but the few glimpses of him inside have been very positive.
Hand Positioning: Savvy, aware, and highly patient with target locations for his hands, Hunt is accurate with landing them inside and then jostling for position to maintain them in his desired places. Hunt’s feet and hands marry well together as they both operate to help him finish with many plays of knocking the opposition to the ground.
Lateral Athleticism/Scheme Fit Challenges: The steps on his pass set can be calculated and seem uncomfortable against rushers who possess a sudden first step. There’s a sense of panic with his retreat tactic and thus why a move to guard seems to be a realistic option and better suited for him considering his strengths and weaknesses overall. Due to his athletic limitations in certain directions, he’s best suited in a man blocking scheme that allows him to get a body on a body and punish them for an extended amount of time. Winning with angles to certain areas of consistently being able to reach destinations on climb blocks to higher levels isn’t a strong suit of his and something that he shouldn’t be counted on to due over the long haul, making his fit in a power/man scheme more ideal.
Remaining Leveled: Because of trying to exert so much strength and violently while uncoiling his hips after the initial contact point, it results in him popping straight up on occasions. There are few instances of where he struggles to sustain at the point of attack, but the times where defenders were able to break free, it was a result of his ever rising pad height at this area of execution.
Extended Mirroring: Hands/power are able to overwhelm down defenders quickly, which results in a lot of battles won quickly after they begin. For those matchups that last multiple seconds after the ball has been snapped make for an interesting phenomena because of his inability to re-adjust and reposition his body if rushers are able to get on his upfield shoulder.
Robert Hunt is a prospect who makes your face light up right away when talking about him. He has the tape that will make you grind your teeth and feel sorry for the defenders that he’s matched up against. That’s the type of play violence and strength that he brings to the table. Bad injury luck last year kept him from showcasing his talents against some of the nations best, which is what many evaluators wanted to see to stamp his resume.
Regardless, there’s lots of intrigue with Hunt and he’s assured to be a late day 2 or early Day 3 selection if teams are comfortable with his medicals. Projecting best as a guard, he’s the type of blocker that should continue to get better and one that could play very early on in his rookie season.