By Darren Page
Margus Hunt is a very raw prospect in only his fourth year of football after coming over to the states as a track and field star from Estonia. He has all the measurables and physical tools you look for in a top prospect. Hunt has a huge frame at a listed 6’8″ 288 lb. He displays elite athleticism and strength in all aspects of his game. If you needed any convincing when it comes to his raw ability, look no further than the 14 blocked kicks he entered his senior season with.
SMU utilized Hunt predominantly as a five technique in a three-man front vs. Southern Miss. He also moved out to an edge-rusher spot in a four-man front in passing situations.
Hunt showcases rare ability to accelerate on a dime and quickly close on the football for such a big man. Play can get too fast for him when working through a crowd though. Hunt did display improved ball awareness, on multiple occasions stacking the block at the line and locating the ball quickly.
Using his long arms to create separation allows him to disengage more cleanly than he did as an underclassman. Hunt even notched an interception of a tipped ball, then showcased his rare explosiveness while running with it. As a pass rusher, he’s all over the board. At times he placed his hands properly and used good leverage to drive the tackle right into the quarterback’s lap. In other opportunities, he rushed with pads high with little use of his raw power.
Hunt is struggling to combine speed and power as a pass rusher, but if he can put it together he has incredible potential. It’s easy to wonder what NFL level coaching might do in teaching him to translate his raw skills onto the football field.
Because of his rare combination of size and speed, a developed Margus Hunt will offer positional versatility along the defensive line.