Scouting the draft: SMU DE Margus Hunt

Name: Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist

Overview: Hunt is a raw talent, known for his outstanding athleticism and high upside. He’s a native of Estonia who made his way to Southern Methodist University to compete on the school’s track and field team throwing shot put and discus. He has gold medals from the 2006 World Junior Track and Field Championships for both events. But the program, which needed to be revived, never got going. He ended up on SMU’s football team and began showing off his athletic ability ever since. In his freshman year, he blocked seven PATs. In 2012, Hunt had 31 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, 11 quarterback hits, an interception, two forced fumbles, and three passes defensed. He has the size and speed (4.6 40-yard dash) to handle larger tackles and chase mobile quarterbacks. And he’s new enough to the sport (he’s only played three years) that any detailed work on his technique, according to draft experts, will only make him a more well rounded pass rusher. He can certainly be coached up by the Patriots. Hunt is currently projected to be selected in the first or second rounds of the NFL draft, giving the Patriots an opportunity to pick him up and develop him.

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Attributes
Height: 6-8
Weight: 277

Workout results (combine)
40-yard dash: 4.60
Bench: 38
Vertical: 34.5 inches
Broad jump: 121.0 inches
3-cone drill: 7.07
20-yard shuttle: 4.51

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