Back in 2015, the Ravens didn’t have many answers to their pass rushing woes. Besides Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, the team was void of a future at edge rusher. The team added Za’Darius Smith in the fourth of the 2015 NFL Draft, but the team missed an opportunity to land a ridiculously gifted player in Danielle Hunter.
The former LSU defensive end will be turning just 24-years old in October and has already landed himself a brand-new contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Hunter is more than deserving, as the 6’5″ 252-lbs. athletic freak has 25.5 sacks through his first three years in the league. In 2016, Hunter led the Vikings in sacks with 12.5. The scariest part of that was he didn’t start a single game that year.
While Hunter is in a perfect situation to succeed in a Vikings defense run by Head Coach Mike Zimmer, he remains a talented athlete with upside through the roof. With so much room to continue growing, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Hunter become a perennial Pro Bowler soon. And how unfortunate is it that the Ravens passed on this young man.
Hunter is the kind of cornerstone edge rusher you can build your entire defense around. While Hunter was a third round pick for a reason (tweener athlete who never dominated the stat-sheet), it would’ve been nice to see the Ravens take a gamble on a talent like Hunter’s. Instead, we are left wishing we had a #99 Danielle Hunter jersey in the Ravens team-shop.