NFL Draft Profile: Money Hunter, Arkansas State

Money Hunter might be the Sun Belt’s most underrated player.

Program: Arkansas State Red Wolves

Position: Strong Safety 

Height/Weight: 6’1″/210

Accolades: 2016 All-Sun Belt First Team Defense, 220 career total tackles, 6 career INTs, Sun Belt all-time leader for interceptions returned for a TD (4)

His parents (one of which is retired MLB superstar Tori Hunter) named him Monshadrik, but he goes by “Money.” And for four seasons with the Red Wolves, Hunter was money in the secondary. Hunter came to Jonesboro with a celebrated athletic pedigree – his brother Tori Hunter Jr. played wide receiver for Notre Dame before being drafted by the Anaheim Angels. But nobody in Jonesboro handled his business with more professionalism and humility than Money, who wasn’t a full time starter until his senior season. Quietly, Hunter was among the Sun Belt’s best defenders, and he’s gradually receiving notice from NFL scouts.

What makes Money Hunter the sneaky-good draft pick for a smart NFL GM?

Hunter didn’t become The Man in the Red Wolves secondary until his senior season, but he was a huge presence nonetheless. In fact, his 2014 and 2015 seasons may be even more productive than his All Sun Belt First Team season of 2016.

Solo Tackles Assisted Total Tackles INT INT w/ TD Fum Rec
2013 14 22 36 0 0
2014 54 11 65 2 1 0
2015 30 11 41 3 2 0
2016 44 36 80 1 1 2

Anyone observing Red Wolves games realized that opposing offenses shied away from any zone covered by Hunter, whose 6’1″ 210lb frame puts most receivers on an island. Of all the Red Wolves departing the defense, Hunter will be missed most in 2017.

So maybe Money Hunter has some negatives?

He has NFL size. He’s fluid in the backfield. He has value as a special teams player. He has the athletic pedigree. The only knock you can pin on Hunter is that the Red Wolves aren’t exactly celebrated for stopping the pass. In 2016, Arkansas State surrendered 219.5 passing yards per game, which is tied with Houston for 51st in the nation. That’s not terrible, but it’s not “shut down.”

Where do we see Money Hunter in the 2017 NFL Draft?

Yeah, everybody loves the name “Money Hunter.” But does the NFL appreciate the game? Hunter drifts around draft boards, and his name has been associated with the Cowboys and Washington. Still, with Jamal Adams and Jabrill Peppers leading the way, there’s a great deal of solid safety talent in this years draft. When next you hear the name “Money Hunter,” it will likely be followed by the letters U-D-F-A.

 

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