Justin Hunter’s first month of professional football has included intense workouts in the weight room, learning opportunities in meetings, drills on the field and his first trip to Hollywood.
Sunday will mark a month since the Titans aggressively traded up in the second round to select Hunter at the 34th overall spot in the NFL Draft, and next week will be his first opportunity to line up against pro defenders when the Titans begin their organized team activity practice schedule.
Hunter said he’s been learning from the veterans while he and rookie receivers Travis Harvey, Rashad Ross and Dontel Watkins push each other in the weight room.
“They give us nice tips because they went through it, so they’re trying to help us out as much as they can,” Hunter said. “The workouts are way different from college. The intensity level is way higher, and it’s all power lifting. We go in groups, and everybody in my group has a nice attitude. I think that pushes me harder and makes the workout go a little easier.”
Last weekend Hunter was one of 40 NFL first-year players to attend the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Southern California. The Virginia Beach native said he enjoyed comparing the West Coast with where he grew up, which he said is far less crowded.
“The weather was nice — that’s always a plus. We had a chance to take a photo shoot and sign a bunch of cards,” Hunter. “It was stressful with the cards, but everything else was fun.”
The best part of the trip, Hunter said was reuniting with former Tennessee Volunteers teammate Cordarrelle Patterson, who was picked at 29 by Minnesota, and players he met at the NFL Combine in February.
Hunter said it was a good introduction to the “business side of football” and he looks forward to things becoming “heavier” next week with challenges from defenders.
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