BIO: All-Conference return specialist last season after averaging 14.2 yards on 22 punt returns, bringing one back for a score. Defensive numbers included 11/1/1 as a back-up cornerback. All-American return specialist as a sophomore averaging 17.2 yards on 19 punt returns with three scores, and 25.9 yards on 15 kick returns with an additional touchdown. Defensive numbers that year were 17/4/2.
POSITIVES: Outstanding athlete who impacts the game handling the ball. Has ball skills at cornerback, runs with opponents in any direction of the field and plays with great balance. Has an outstanding burst of speed and contorts in midair to make the reception. Physical and not afraid to mix it up. Quick-footed and elusive handling the ball and cannot be caught if given the slightest amount of open space.
NEGATIVES: Marginal instincts and ball awareness. Must improve his overall techniques. Lacks a sense of timing and late-reacting.
ANALYSIS: A prospect with immense athletic abilities, Hester is a proven game breaker as a return specialist. Needs a lot of work at the cornerback position and could ultimately be moved to wide receiver. Speed and natural skills alone make him enticing.