Danielle Hunter
Danielle Hunter
24-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Minnesota Vikings
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Hunter's NFL career was off to a surprisingly fast start before last year, totaling 18.5 sacks in his first 991 snaps, so he almost had to slow down at some point. That was unfortunately last year, when he posted seven sacks on 775 snaps. That's still a totally fine number, especially for a player so young, so IDP owners would be smart to double down on Hunter as he enters his age-23 season instead of shying away based on last year's slight disappointment. With Kirk Cousins in town, Hunter could see his pass-rushing opportunities rise with more leads, too. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $72 million contract with the Vikings in June of 2018.
Totals 14.5 sacks
DEMinnesota Vikings
January 4, 2019
Hunter had 72 tackles (51 solo),14.5 sacks and returned a fumble for a touchdown in 16 games during 2018.
Hunter set a career high in tackles and hasn't missed a game since his rookie season in 2014. The 24-year-old's sack total tied for fourth in the NFL, trailing only the likes of Aaron Donald, J.J. Watt and Chris Jones. The Vikings signed the 2015 third-round pick to a five-year, $72 million extension over the summer, and he rewarded them with the best season of his career.
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Measurables Review
How do Danielle Hunter's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 5"
252 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.57 sec
Bench Press
25 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hunter might be technically the third defensive end on Minnesota's depth chart behind Brian Robison and Everson Griffen, but he still profiles as the best of the three. Robison isn't close to Hunter, who's quietly been one of the league's best pass rushers the last two years. Playing just 992 snaps in his two NFL seasons, Hunter is already up to 92 tackles and 18.5 sacks. They might not be sustainable, but those numbers are outrageous. He won't even turn 23 until the end of October, making his potential off the charts.
Hunter worked his way into the defensive line rotation for the Vikings as a rookie during the 2015 season after being picked in the third round of the draft. In 14 games he racked up 33 tackles, six sacks, and one forced fumble coming off the bench behind starting defensive ends Everson Griffen and Brian Robison. Hunter figures to see his role increase even more throughout 2016, as Robison is now 33 years old and could see his snap count dwindle.
Hunter, a 2015 third-round draft pick, is raw and a bit unskilled, but his athletic traits imply considerable upside. At 6-foot-5, 252 pounds, Hunter displayed 4.5 speed. Minnesota might groom him as Brian Robison's long-term replacement.
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Adds two sacks
DEMinnesota Vikings
December 17, 2018
Hunter recorded five tackles (four solo) and two sacks in Sunday's 41-17 win over the Dolphins.
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Breaks sack drought
DEMinnesota Vikings
December 11, 2018
Hunter had three tackles (two solo) and a sack in Monday's loss to the Seahawks.
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Monster day rushing passer
DEMinnesota Vikings
November 5, 2018
Hunter had 3.5 sacks, four QB hits, nine total tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown in Sunday's win at Detroit.
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Logs eighth sack
DEMinnesota Vikings
October 25, 2018
Hunter recorded four tackles (one solo), including a sack, in Sunday's win over the Jets.
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Absent from injury report
DEMinnesota Vikings
October 19, 2018
Hunter (groin) is not on Friday's injury report, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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