Draft Scout Snapshot: 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
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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
04/25/13 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 32. Margus Hunt, DE, SMU: Hunt began the 2012 season atop Bruce Feldman's "Freak" list as the nation's top athlete and certainly didn't disappoint at the combine, posting a 4.62 in the 40 and tying all defensive linemen with 38 reps of 225 pounds at 6-8, 277 pounds. In the first round, you're looking for dominant traits in which coaching can turn into production. With some polishing, Hunt could be an extraordinary player. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/29/13 - 2013 SMU Pro Day: Defensive end Margus Hunt is projected by some experts to be a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and is also a symbol of just how far the Southern Methodist University football program has come since the infamous “Death Penalty” was levied in the 1980s. Coach June Jones came to SMU in 2008 and has done an unbelievable job restoring a program that was very good before being put on the “Death Penalty” (the school boasts Pro Football Hall of Famers Lamar Hunt, Raymond Berry, Forrest Gregg, Doak Walker and Eric Dickerson among its alums). In the previous four years, the Mustangs have played in bowl games, winning three (including a 45-10 win over Nevada in the 2009 Hawai’i Bowl, the school’s first bowl appearance in the post-”Death Penalty” era).
Hunt hails from Karksi-Nuia, Estonia, and came to SMU as a decorated track and field athlete (he’d set a junior world record in the discus throw at the 2006 World Junior Championships). With SMU dropping its men’s track and field program, Hunt was convinced to give football a try. Hunt (6-foot-8 1/2, 282 pounds), who first started playing football in 2009, set an NCAA record with 17 blocked kicks (10 field goals, seven extra points). At SMU’s pro day, Hunt - who stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine - was worked out by New York Jets coach Rex Ryan. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/01/13 - On the heels of his head-turning time of 4.60 seconds in the 40-yard dash and his outstanding drill work, Hunt sat down with "NFL AM" on Friday to talk about his experiences in Indianapolis, specifically his one-on-one team interviews. NFL Network's Mark Kriegel asked Hunt if he was questioned about whether or not he liked girls, an interrogation Colorado tight end Nick Kasa claimed he endured from at least one NFL team. "Well, they always ask if you have a girlfriend or not, so, that didn't make me uncomfortable whatsoever," Hunt said. "Any other question besides that was simple, straightforward, questionnaire thing we had to fill out for ourselves and we just had to talk about football, so I didn't feel uncomfortable at all."
Teams want to find out if Hunt fits the bill as a five-technique end, but we've also learned this week that at least some front-office types are just as interested in a player's sexual orientation. The question itself is as awkward as it is embarrassing for any prospect. It's also in violation of league guidelines, and the NFL is looking into Kasa's account. Hunt doesn't appear bothered by the questioning, but that won't soften the NFL's investigation. - Marc Sessler, NFL.com
02/27/13 - TOP 10 COMPELLING NFL COMBINE STORY LINES: 6. Margus Hunt is a officially a Freak. The Estonian track star-turned SMU D-lineman, as expected, wowed scouts by clocking an eye-popping 4.60 40 at 6-8, 277 pounds and did 38 reps on the bench at 225. He also broad jumped 10-1 and had a vertical of 38 inches. Last spring when I did the annual Freaks list, Hunt's mentor, SMU track coach Dave Wollman, predicted Hunt would run a 4.60, which is exactly what the guy ran. The real question for Hunt is can he play with leverage to be more than a kick-blocking specialist in the NFL? (He blocked an NCAA record 10 field goals.) Hunt continued to develop at SMU and did have a career-high 11.5 TFLs and eight sacks as a senior. Stay tuned. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
12/25/12 - SMU coach June Jones walked out of Aloha Stadium with another win Saturday, thanks largely to a disruptive performance by defensive end Margus Hunt that set the tone for the Mustangs' 43-10 win over Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl. Hunt, the 6-foot-8 senior from Estonia with an 82-inch wing span, forced two fumbles that led to field goals and sacked Derek Carr for a safety as SMU (7-6) built a 22-0 halftime lead and never looked back.
The Mustangs also returned two interceptions for touchdowns, giving them eight for the season to tie the NCAA record set last year by Southern Miss. Hayden Greenbauer picked off Carr and returned it 83 yards with 1:14 left, the final blow to a miserable night for the Bulldogs (9-4). SMU had seven sacks, the most Fresno State has given up all year.
Garrett Gilbert was effective with his arm and his legs, running for a 17-yard touchdown for the first score of the game and throwing a perfect strike to Darius Johnson for a 21-yard score to answer the Bulldogs' only touchdown. He rushed for 98 yards on 18 carries and threw for 212 yards. But this game was decided by the Mustangs' defense, with Hunt leading the way. He was voted the game's MVP. - AP Sports
12/24/12 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: For SMU defensive end Margus Hunt, 2009 was his first year of playing football. His only previous football experience consisted of playing NFL video games. Hunt set an SMU single-season record and tied for second in NCAA history with seven blocked kicks (4 FG, 3 PAT) as a freshman. He now has 17 career blocked kicks (10 FGs, 7 PATs), which ties for second in NCAA history (record is 19). The seven career blocked PATs rank second in the NCAA Record Book (record is eight). He has made his mark at defensive end as well, earning First-Team All-C-USA honors in 2012 and rolling up 14.5 career sacks and 24.5 career TFL. He has also accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl. - SMU football
12/12/12 - 2012 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL-Margus Hunt, Sr., SMU, has been selected First Team All-Conference USA (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Hunt, a senior defensive end, broke the NCAA career record for blocked field goals when he blocked his ninth career FGA against SFA and added another FGA block at UTEP.
Hunt also blocked a PAT versus Texas A&M and is now second all-time in career blocked kicks with 17 (10 FGA, 7 PAT). He leads SMU with six sacks in 2012 and is second on the team in tackles for loss (8.5). Hunt has totaled 14.5 career sacks and 25 career TFL. He also notched his first career interception in the win over Southern Miss. - SMU football