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Margus Hunt | Defensive End

Team: Southern Methodist Mustangs
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/14/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 288

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Bengals selected SMU DE Margus Hunt with the No. 53 overall pick.
Hunt (6-8, 277) blocked an NCAA record 17 kicks at SMU and notched eight sacks with 11.5 tackles for loss as a senior. Hunt's production and tape are not stellar -- and he turns 26 before the season -- but the Estonia native and 2006 Junior Olympics shotput and discus gold medalist is an athletic phenom. At the Combine, Hunt ran 4.6-flat with a running back-like 1.62 ten-yard split and repped 225 pounds 38 times. Concerns on Hunt are his inexperience, upright stiffness, and lack of edge-rushing tools. Hunt will have an opportunity to learn under Mike Zimmer as a reserve on an already loaded Bengals defensive front. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 08:00:00 PM

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NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah has heard a lot of buzz about teams targeting SMU DL Margus Hunt at the top of the second-round.

This could mean a team selects Hunt at the end of the first-round. The former track and field athlete is raw and older than his peers, which could be viewed as a poor combination. It was tough to evaluate his flexibility and athleticism during 2012 due to an injured back, but Hunt put forth great workouts and highlight special teams plays.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 11:38:00 AM

SMU DL Margus Hunt is visiting the Colts on Tuesday and Wednesday.

This would be an interesting pick at No. 24, although Hunt appears locked into the first-round thanks to his untapped upside. The Estonian is a hard worker on the field and is an impact player on special teams, but there are times he really struggles with leverage and it is difficult to separate a hurt back from his lack of bend in the early parts of 2012.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:19:00 AM

Bears beat writer Dan Pompei believes SMU DE Margus Hunt is the type of player Packers GM Ted Thompson likes.

Pompei slotted Hunt to the Packers with pick No. 26. If we are expected to believe the buzz from league insiders, Hunt is locked into the first-round. His athletic upside warrants the pick, but his tape as an end in a three man front does not. Teams will like his special teams ability, however.
Sun, Apr 14, 2013 01:51:00 PM

National Football Post's Russ Lande writes that SMU DE Margus Hunt is overrated and plays like a third round selection.

"While I like Hunt’s potential and believe he should become a good starting defensive end in the NFL, I feel he is not close to being a dominant player whose production warrants being selected in the first round, which is where I believe he will be selected," wrote Lande. "I think his on-field production warrants more of a third round selection and if he is chosen in the first round the expectations will be hard for him to play up too early in his career."
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 05:06:00 PM

SMU DE Margus Hunt will visit the Jets this weekend.

We doubt Hunt is a target with pick No. 9, but anything can happen. Jets head coach Rex Ryan worked Hunt out as a pass rushing outside linebacker during the prospect's pro day, but most project him as an end in a three man front. We still question if Hunt can overcome leverage issues.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 10:26:00 AM

SMU DE Margus Hunt moved up 10 to spots to No. 30 overall on former NFL scout Bucky Brooks' big board.

Numerous NFL insiders have deemed Hunt a first-round selection. We think the raw tools and athleticism are there, but there could be major issues with Hunt's leverage and stiff hips. If the first-round chatter is true, expect it to happen in the later part of the first day.
Sun, Mar 31, 2013 02:21:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports SMU DL Margus Hunt "won't get past" the first round.

The news is somewhat of a surprise as there are still multiple questions that need to be answered about Hunt's ability to actually play football. He's a physical marvel, however, and that likely has teams intrigued the most. He's raw and has shown upside in the past but as noted, there are questions if he'll ever figure out how to be a consistent player. Rapoport's colleague Gil Brandt made a similar comment on March 18, stating he expects Hunt to go in the first.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 04:33:00 PM

SMU's Margus Hunt expressed his surprise that Jets HC Rex Ryan worked him out as a pass rushing OLB.

We are surprised as well, since Hunt lacks length and fluid hips to dip around the edge. Still, it shows how infatuated NFL teams are with Hunt's athleticism and are experimenting with how the SMU product could be used in the NFL.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 12:25:00 PM's Gil Brandt tweets that he expects SMU DL Margus Hunt to go in the first round.

The comment comes as part of a thought that four foreign-born prospects could go in the first round. Brandt lists Hunt, Florida State tackle Menelik Watson and defensive end Bjoern Werner, and Brigham Young defensive end Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah as the four. He chose not to include Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams, who he thinks is more of a second- to-third round prospect.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 06:25:00 PM

Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network considers SMU DL Margus Hunt the most intriguing prospect in the 2013 class.

"This is a unique player," Jeremiah said. "You see him hurdling blockers that are trying to cut him. You see him explode and finish with sacks, tackles for losses. This is someone who is very raw but very, very intriguing." Jeremiah added that a lot of teams are obviously doing their homework on Hunt.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 04:19:00 PM's Daniel Jeremiah said SMU DL Margus Hunt can play 4-3 DE in the pros.

Many have associated 3-4 defensive end with Hunt for the longest time, which is why this is an interesting projection from Jeremiah. Hunt is athletic and flashes knee bend but lacks consistency and is very raw. He's a big project and perhaps an even bigger risk for teams. It'll be interesting to see where exactly he's drafted.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 01:04:00 PM

SMU's Margus Hunt checks in over UCLA's Datone Jones in Mike Mayock's 3-4 DE rankings.

Star Lotulelei tops Mayock's rankings at the position, followed by Hunt and Jones. Alabama's Jesse Williams and Michigan State's William Gholston fill out the top five. We appreciate that Mayock separated the prospects among the two positions and feel both players could play the five technique end spot. However, we think Jones is the superior prospect to Margus Hunt, now and in the future.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 05:29:00 PM

Former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus questions if SMU DE Margus Hunt would be better off on offense.

"There is no doubt that he will be drafted as a defensive end and he will be used as one but could he be even better working on offense?" Broaddus writes. He suggested Hunt could make the switch to tight end because his style of play and size combination doesn't really fit anywhere along the defensive line. We think it would be a difficult transition, since Hunt will be 26 in July.
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 11:39:00 AM

SMU DE Margus Hunt ran an unofficial 4.60 forty at the NFL Combine, with a 1.62 10 yard split.

Hunt is a former track and field athlete, and will put up great measurements all day. He projects as a five technique end, but Hunt might struggle due to pad level and tight hips. The Mustang did have a back issue at times during his senior season, however.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 10:06:00 AM