NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: SMU DE Margus Hunt
|03.11.13 at 2:15 pm ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Defensive end
Weight: 277 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-C-USA first team, 20011, 2010, 2009 All-C-USA honorable mention, owns NCAA career record for field goals blocked (17)
What he brings: Hunt, a native of Estonia, stands out immediately for his size and kick-blocking ability. He’s described as quick and agile for his size, and has the strength to knock opposing players around when he reaches them. His height allows him to interfere with quarterbacks’ vision even when he can’t reach them. On the negative side, Hunt went to SMU to be part of the track team and only began playing football in 2009, and that rawness shows in his game at times. At 25, he’s also older than most draft prospects. While Hunt is physically gifted, he will need a better knowledge of the game and an improved ability to track receivers and ball-carriers to be truly successful at the NFL level.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 1 or 2
Notes: Inexperience and inconsistency are two of the most common knocks on Hunt, but the fact that he’s set both the world record in the discus throw (in the junior Olympics in Beijing in 2006) and an NCAA record for field goals blocked shows his athletic upside. He looks like a high-risk, high-reward option for whatever team takes a chance on him. A strong performance at the scouting combine has his stock rising.
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Video: Here’s a package of Hunt highlights from 2012.