Danielle Hunter
Danielle Hunter
24-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Minnesota Vikings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hunter's sluggish 2017 season (45 tackles, seven sacks) turned out to be all noise, and the ball bounced back his way in 2018 to the tune of a career-high 72 tackles and 14.5 sacks on 876 snaps. That's more in line with the start to Hunter's NFL career, when he raced to 18 sacks on 991 snaps in his first two years. Still just 24 years old, Hunter is a candidate to cut out the lows and embark on an era of bankable dominance, with 70 tackles and the league sack title within reach every year until further notice. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $72 million contract with the Vikings in June of 2018.
Another week, another sack
DEMinnesota Vikings
October 14, 2019
Hunter notched three tackles, including his team-leading sixth sack of the season, in Sunday's 38-20 win over the Eagles.
Apart from Minnesota's loss to the Bears in Week 4, Hunter has recorded a sack in every game this season. Effective against both the pass and the run, expect No. 99 to continue seeing a heavy workload on Mike Zimmer's rotation-heavy defensive line. Hunter, if he hasn't arrived already, is approaching elite status as a defensive player in the NFL.
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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'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.
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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Notches pair of sacks at MetLife
DEMinnesota Vikings
October 7, 2019
Hunter finished Sunday's win over the Giants with seven tackles and a pair of sacks.
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Sacks adding up
DEMinnesota Vikings
September 24, 2019
Hunter recorded two tackles, one solo, and a sack across 41 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
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Records another sack
DEMinnesota Vikings
September 16, 2019
Hunter notched nine tackles (six solo) and one sack during Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Packers.
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Notches sack versus Falcons
DEMinnesota Vikings
September 9, 2019
Hunter made four solo tackles -- two for a loss -- and a sack in Sunday's 28-12 win over the Falcons.
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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.
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