MARGUS HUNT 6'8 280 DE SMU
"The Estonian Executioner" 4.62-40
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Thought this was a well written analysis I found written up on him:
- Native of Estonia, didn’t play football until 2009.
- Former field & track athlete in throwing events who competed internationally as a teenager from 2003 to 2006, winning gold in shot and discus the in the World Junior Championships in 2006.
- CBSSports.com writer Bruce Feldman lists him as the most freakish athletic college football player for 2012.
- Four-year starter for SMU.
- Holds NCAA record for most blocked field goals in a career (9), and is second in total career blocks, which includes PATs and punts (16).
- 2012 Hawaii Bowl MVP with three TFL, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a safety.
- Freaklishly athletic – has an 82” wingspan, has both the vertical jump and height to block kicks, and can run a 4.6 40.
- Has an excellent, almost elite, first step (think Von Miller coming out of his stance).
- Does a great job of bending off the edge and closing on the quarterback.
- Very good production in his senior year with 8.0 sacks, 11.5 TFL, and 11.0 QB hurries.
- Has played 3-4 DE, interior pass rusher in nickel packages, and NT.
- Has experience successfully splitting double teams.
- Tenacious player who doesn’t back down.
- Flashes the ability to use his hands.
- Raw player whose football experience is only four years.
- At 6’8”, he has trouble getting his pad level low versus opposing linemen.
- Inconsistent at setting the edge versus the run.
- Often doesn’t hustle to the play if it’s going away from him.
- Inconsistent at reading the gaps in a 2-gap scheme.
- Questions about level of competition (played in Conference USA).
- Could do a better job of hand placement.
Hunt’s biggest asset is his freakish athletic ability and a number of teams will covet him largely based on that. Much like NY Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul and KC Chiefs DT Dontari Poe, much of his draft stock will be the result of an extremely high ceiling, especially since he has only played football for four years. Hunt had a great senior season, and his dismantling of Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl shows he is emerging as a game changer. His stock will also likely see a meteoric rise when/if he puts up “lights out” numbers at the combine, and don’t be surprised if he lands in the Top 20 come April. What is alarming about Hunt is his attitude when the play is not coming his way. On too many plays, he can be seen jogging toward the play rather than running all out. This may raise questions about his work ethic. Any work ethic questions, combined with a very strong class for defensive linemen, could put a drag on his draft stock.
Whoever drafts Hunt will get a guy who has a natural knack for getting to the quarterback, and has barely scratched the surface of his talent. However, Hunt will need work on defending against the run. He was inconsistent as a run stopper in college, and he will likely struggle in that phase in the first year or two of his NFL career. Hunt, however, should terrorize QBs on Sundays after a relatively short adjustment period to the pro game. His best fit may be as a defensive end in a 4-3 alignment, but he has the experience and height to play DE in a 3-4 alignment as well. He will probably start from the outset, but he could begin his career as a situational pass rusher, and quickly move up from there.