In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2013 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on April 25th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of Southern Methodist defensive end Margus Hunt.
Name: Margus Hunt
School: Southern Methodist
Weight: 277 LBS
Position: Defensive End
Margus Hunt turned plenty of heads in February at the NFL Scouting Combine and it’s easy to see why. After all, it’s not often that a 6-foot-8, 277-pound defensive end exhibits the elite athleticism and strength the native Estonian displayed.
Those in the mainstream media didn’t know much about Hunt prior to his performance, but like NFL scouts and decision makers, they came away impressed by what they saw. His 38 reps on the bench press were the most of any defensive lineman, while his 4.60 40-yard dash time was the third fastest of anyone at his position.
Hunt was a track star before taking up football, winning gold medals in both the shot put and discus events at the 2006 World Junior Track and Field Championships. He came to Southern Methodist to play track, but when the program was cut he turned his sites to football. He progressed by leaps and bounds each year, and as a senior posted 31 tackles, 11.5 for a loss and eight sacks. In addition to being a force on defense, Hunt is an outstanding special teams player, having blocked an NCAA record 17 kicks over his career.
Overall, Hunt has one of the highest ceilings of any prospect this year. But with that high reward possibility comes great risk as well. Not only does he hail from a tiny college, but is already 26 years old and is still learning the game. However, players with his unique blend of size and athleticism don’t come around very often, so a team could very well roll the dice on Hunt and hope for a big payday.
40-yard Dash: 4.60
Bench Press: 38
Vertical Jump: 34.5 inches
Broad Jump: 121.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.07
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