Toledo >> You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
But in the case of Kareem Hunt, he will be more than happy to prove that theory wrong.
Two weeks after running a disappointing 4.66 at the annual NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the all-American running back from the University Toledo ran a sub-4.6 40-yard dash at a pro day event held by the Rockets.
With scouts and coaches from many — if not most — of the NFL franchises standing at the finish line with stopwatches, Hunt said he ran “in the 4.5s” in two 40-yard dashes.
Unlike the Scouting Combine, where times and statistics are released, no official times were given to the media members in attendance at the Fetterman Training Center.
“They said I ran a 4.5, so I’m happy with that,” Hunt, a Willoughby South graduate, said. “I came in today hoping to have a good day, a good performance. I think I got that. I’m happy with how it went.”
Hunt was one of a number of News-Herald area athletes who went through paces under the watchful eyes of NFL scouts and coaches. Among the onlookers on March 20 was Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, who spent a good portion of his time watching the tight end drills that included Toledo’s Michael Roberts (Benedictine) and Lake Erie’s Anthony Kukwa (Perry).
Other area participants included Toledo’s John Stepec (Lake Catholic), John Carroll’s Michael Collins, NDCL’s C.J. Germany (VASJ) and Lake Erie’s Marquan Richardson.
In many eyes, no one had more to gain — or lose — at this pro day then Hunt, who has been projected to be drafted as high as the second or third round by some scouting services.
Aside from running the 40, Hunt and others went through agility drills such as the shuttles and broad jump. There were also other drills, such as pass-catching drills, where Hunt said he wanted to prove he was a versatile running back.
After workouts, Hunt said he…