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Draft Scout Margus Hunt News
09/01/14 - DE Margus Hunt, 6-feet-8, 290 pounds, continues to grow and show why the Bengals were willing to use a second-round pick on him last year. Hunt had three sacks in the preseason finale against Indianapolis, giving him four for the preseason.
08/29/14 - DE Margus Hunt, 6-feet-8, 290 pounds, continues to grow and show why the Bengals were willing to use a second-round pick on him last year. Hunt had three sacks in the preseason finale against Indianapolis, giving him four for the preseason.
"I got a few good opportunities to put the speed move on them," Hunt said. "I've tried to really work on finishing. Last year I was just trying to catch up. I was playing slow because I was trying to learn everything. Now I know what to do and what to look at on film. It's been working out."
He has also been dominant against the run and should play a major role in the defensive line rotation this year."
08/15/14 - DE Margus Hunt continues to impress Bengals coaches with his growth in a game that is still relatively new to him. The Estonia native came to American to throw the shot put and discus at SMU, but when the track program folded he switched to football and used his 6-foot-8 frame to dominate on the defensive line. He didn't see much action early in his rookie season, but after injuries to Geno Atkins and Devon Still, Hunt played in the final nine regular-season games and wild-card loss to San Diego.
In the preseason opener at Kansas City, Hunt recorded one sack and was a physical force up front, including one play where he shot putted Chiefs tackle Jeff Linkenbach on a bull rush.
"Well that's the good part of it, the fact that he can extend and roll through the hips and use that power and leverage," head coach Marvin Lewis said. "He also has great speed, and long arms and those kind of traits that good pass rushers have. You have to continue to just work harder at working with moves, pass-rush progression, and what he has done, and try to improve his repertoire of moves, and his reaction and counters all the time."
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 2/53 - Margus Hunt, DE, 6-8, 277, SMU...He led the Mustangs in sacks last season with 8.0 and closed out his career as a record-setting kick blocker, with 17 (10 field goals and seven extra points). The first year is going to be plenty of learning, especially with a deep group at defensive end. However, he could make an immediate impact on special teams and is an insurance policy with Michael Johnson on a one-year deal and Carlos Dunlap in the last year of his contract. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Defensive end Margus Hunt, who went with the latter second-round pick at 52nd overall, could be the most intriguing story of the Bengals draft class. From Estonia, Hunt only started playing football four years ago. He is a former world junior record holder in the discus throw and has competed internationally in the shot and hammer throw, in addition to trying his hand in the decathlon.
Hunt left Estonia for Dallas in 2007, in order to train with SMU track and field coach Dave Wollman. While at the school, he began attending classes part-time. However, by the time he arrived at SMU, it had dropped its men's track program. Hunt wanted to keep working with Wollman, who had previously worked with 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Aleksander Tammert, and the latter decided that Hunt's size and athleticism could earn him a football scholarship at the school.
June Jones decided to give him a scholarship, and he began attending classes at the university full-time in 2009. "When I got into football, it was just a way to stay at SMU, but I wanted to put that scholarship into full use and really learn the game of football, and then it really started happening. So after my sophomore year I tried to really stay and focus on it," Hunt said. Hunt can be brought along slowly with the veterans on the line much in the same way that they did at defensive tackle last year with Devon Still and Brandon Thompson. But he can also be considered as insurance with Michael Johnson on a franchise tag and Carlos Dunlap going into the final year of his contract. - The Sports Xchange