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Margus Hunt Combine: Estonian Workout Warrior Worth Risk in Round 2

DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 15:  Margus Hunt #92 of the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent INovember 23, 2016

Margus Hunt isn't a first-round talent, but after the Estonian dropped jaws at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, he could prove to be a steal in Round 2.

For the record, men of Hunt's extraordinary size shouldn't be able to move like he does.

A towering 6'8" giant of a man who tips the scales at 277 pounds, Hunt was faster than all but two tight ends this past weekend at the combine. 

He finished the 40 in 4.60 seconds, tying Dion Jordan for third place among defensive linemen on Monday and finishing just .02 seconds behind athletic freak Barkevious MingoBoth of those young men are about 30 pounds (or more) lighter than Hunt, and both are significantly weaker than this workout warrior.

Speaking of strength, Hunt hoisted 225 pounds 38 times, tying nose tackle Brandon Williams for the top mark amongst all combine participants. 

Hunt is fast, he's strong and he proved during the jumps that he's an explosive athlete, too. He posted a vertical jump of 34.5 inches and a broad jump of 121"—both of which gave him sixth-place marks amongst defensive linemen. 

Hunt also posted respectable times in both the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.

Now that we've addressed his incredible stats, let's focus on the real issue here: Can Hunt play at an NFL level?

In a word, yes.

NFL Network's Akbar Gbajabiamila recently penned a feature covering Hunt and fellow athletic freak and football novice Ezekiel Ansah. He wrote:

When scouts see such undeveloped talent, they trust that coaches can "train up" the athlete and turn him into an impact player. Ask any scout or coach and they'll say you can teach technique, but you can't teach athleticism. A player who gets a later start to the game lacks bad habits and has a beginner's mind, making him very coachable.

With Hunt, one lucky NFL team will have a rare opportunity to craft and mold him to their design. He's raw, yes, but he's highly teachable.

And it's not like this guy hasn't already shown some natural ability to play the game. In his four years at Southern Methodist, he logged 60 solo tackles, 28 tackles for a loss, 16.5 sacks (eight this past year), one interception and two forced fumbles.

Oh, and don't forget about this man's prowess as a special teams weapon. He totaled a mind-blowing 17 blocked kicks during his college career, earning the moniker "Eastern Block" (h/t National Football Post's Dave Miller). 

Hunt may not be able to step into an NFL starting lineup from Day 1 in 2013, but his potential for greatness is undeniable. I'll be shocked if he's still hanging around in the middle of Round 2, as this young man is well worth the risk as a second-day selection in April.

 

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