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Road to the Draft: Margus Hunt

By Jay Skurski

Margus Hunt

Position: Defensive end
School: Southern Methodist
Measurements: 6-foot-8, 277 pounds.
40 time: 4.60 seconds. Vertical: 34.5 inches. 225-pound bench press: 38 reps.
2012 stats: 31 catches, 18.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles
Draft projection: Second-third round



Lowdown: An athletic specimen with a wingspan of 82 inches. … Can chase down quarterbacks with his long strides. … Has superior upper-body strength and powerful hands. … Described as a “Playstation football creation” by CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman based on his combination of size and strength.

Biggest weakness is inconsistency. Will dominate for five or six snaps, then disappear. … At his height, can lose leverage when he stands up, forcing him to get blown off the ball. … Needs to be better at getting his hands in passing lanes. … Didn’t start playing football until 2009, so he’s a raw prospect. … A force on special teams who blocked 17 kicks during his career. … Versatile player who’s worked in both 4-3 and 3-4 schemes.

A native of Estonia, Hunt moved to Dallas not to play football, but to work with SMU track coach Dave Wollman, who has trained 19 Olympians. Here’s the thing, though: SMU doesn’t have a men’s track program. But Hunt, who won gold medals in the shot put and discus at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, still wanted to train with Wollman. He didn’t take up football until Wollman suggested it. The decision led some in Estonia to call Hunt a “traitor.” … Will be 26 for his rookie season. … Needs to develop counter moves when his bull rush is stopped.

They said it: “He’s a big, impressive kid that I think down the road will be a heck of a player.” – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to next month's NFL Draft.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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