Margus Hunt emerged from the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine as one of the hottest prospects in the draft class this year thanks to a remarkable showing in Indy.
The 6'8", 275-pound defensive end was not ranked that high by scouts despite strong showings during the year and at the 2013 Senior Bowl.
Yet all of that changed once Hunt stepped onto the field at Lucas Oil Stadium and simply blew away everyone who was watching.
His athleticism and ability was on display for all to see, and what a sight it was. The big man moving like a linebacker—and faster than a linebacker in many cases—all whilst showing a remarkable strength, football awareness and agility that is truly rare in defensive ends.
And it is that athleticism—somewhat insane athleticism, really—that will allow Hunt to rapidly rise up the draft boards heading into the 2013 NFL Draft.
The numbers that the SMU defensive end posted up are simply phenomenal—4.60 in the 40 yard dash time being one of the fastest times at that position.
Compare that time to some of the linebackers in the draft, and you'll get a sense of just how quick that really is.
Hunt then built on that by further displaying his athleticism in both the vertical leap and broad jump—posting a great 34.5 inches and 121.0 inches respectively.
For a defensive end, those numbers are spectacular.
The former discus junior world record holder then blew everyone away by posting an incredible 38 repetitions in the bench press—the highest by a DE. In fact, Hunt did more reps on the bench press than guys like Jesse Williams, Jonathan Cooper, Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel—and they weren't even close to the Hunt's numbers.
Yet what is perhaps more remarkable is the fact that these reps have come from a man that is 6'8", 275-pounds and runs a 4.6 flat in the 40 yard dash.
His speed in light of his size is incredible; his strength in light of his speed is simply mind-blowing, and Hunt will no doubt rise dramatically in the draft boards because of it.
Hunt showed here that he can play in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme depending on which teams drafts him, and that he will more than handle his own in either.
He has the strength to play on the outside in the 3-4, and his speed and size make him a genuine threat for teams' offensive players.
Few players can attest to this complete package that Hunt can.
|Margus Hunt (DE)||J.J. Watt* (DE)|
|Height||6 feet, 8 inches||6 feet, 5 inches|
|Weight||275 pounds||290 pounds|
|40-yard dash||4.60 seconds||4.84 seconds|
|Broad jump||121.0 inches||120.0 inches|
|Vertical leap||34.5 inches||37.0 inches|
|Bench reps||38 repetitions||34 repetitions|
|Draft pick||N/A||Round 1, Pick 11 (2011)|
* J.J. Watt is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, and widely regarded as the premier pass-rusher in the National Football League.
Keep in mind also that this is a guy that hasn't spent years in the NFL.
He is a genuine rookie and, if coached correctly, could become one of the most dominant pass-rushers and DE's that the league has seen in recent history. The potential on Hunt, given his combine numbers and proven record for SMU last season, are truly scary prospects to consider.
Expect the DE's draft stock to shoot up once scouts reevaluate their big boards, with Hunt likely to be a first or second-round pick as a result of the combine.
He is very raw, and has a lot to still learn about the game.
But even still, he's one of the hottest prospects to emerge from the combine and a genuine chance to become an NFL-star at some point in the future.
Where do you see Margus Hunt's draft stock following the combine?
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