Yes, SMU NFL Draft Prospect Margus Hunt Is A Sick Athlete.
Margus Hunt is a beast. We've known this for a while now.
But, much as the SMU defensive end and special teams freak accomplished during his career at SMU, it's easy to forget: He's still new to the game, having only played football for a total of four seasons after landing at SMU from Estonia to originally pursue a track and field career.
Maybe that's why we're so into this new video from wellness and athletic training site STACK's Path to the Pros series, which shows off one of Hunt's workouts as he prepares for the NFL Draft. In the video, which we've posted for your viewing pleasure at the end of this post, Hunt works through athletic drills, bench presses an impressive 385 pounds, and runs through various herculean physical feats, impressing just as he did during his NFL Combine workout.
During the interview, Hunt reiterates (just as he's done in various interviews leading up to the draft) that he's a fast learner. And with the NFL Draft less than two weeks away, that's the big thing he has left to prove.
Well, OK, that's just one of the things Hunt still has to prove. NFL scouts, GMs and coaches are all drooling over his talents, sure, but they're still not yet certain, even at this point in the draft process, what to do with this 6-foot-8-inch, 277-pound athlete. Is he a defensive end? A linebacker? Hell, maybe even a tight end?
In college, the former Mustang was a standout defensive end and gained a reputation for getting the most out of his size by blocking the second most field goals in NCAA history — certainly an attractive line on his resume, considering the breakout season Houston Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt had this past year, with tipping passes being the backbone of his success.
But during workouts, folks like New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan worked Hunt out as an outside linebacker in his 3-4 scheme. And former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus entertained the thought that Hunt's attribute might translate to tight end.
Really, we have a feeling he'll turn out fine wherever he gets picked or whatever position he gets put in.
And if he doesn't? Well, worst case scenario, he can always fall back on his piano talents.
Nope. There's no need to worry about Hunt.