Although he recently has gotten some hype and notoriety for being atop Bruce Feldman's annual freaks list, Margus Hunt was on bored of education and my radar and was a favorite of ours coming into last season. Just letting everyone know in advance that we will be leading the Margus Hunt bandwagon much like we did with Poe.
Now that we got that out of the way, a little bit of back story on him...he's an Estonian native who moved to the states when he was 16/17 to train with some coach in Dallas for discuss (a sport in which he holds the junior world record). He couldn't get a scholarship for discuss so he tried out for the football team at SMU and got a full ride. He set an NCAA record in his first year ever playing football as a freshman with 7 blocked kicks in a season and now has 14 in his career.
BOE and I both believe that come next April, Margus Hunt will be a top 20 pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Like Poe, as a defensive lineman he is just way too big, way too strong and way too athletic not to go early. There are freaks and then there's Margus Hunt. His production was lacking this year but he was still so green when it comes to football and was a rotational player playing a position that doesn't get stats anyway (3-4 DE mainly). Heading into his 4th year of football as a full time starter, I see no reason at all not to expect his production to show noticeable improvement. His last game (the Pitt game below) was the last game of the season and really was his breakout game. Hopefully he can carry that into next year. 3-4 DE is probably his best spot but he could also be a base DE/nickel DT in a 40 front. Obviously he is still very raw and is a ways away Hunt is a moldable piece of clay with unlimited potential. When next off-season rolls around he will one of the most coveted defensive line prospects in the draft, just watch.