Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad defensive lineman Margus Hunt of SMU (96) against the Senior Bowl south squad during the first half of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Draft Profile: DE Margus Hunt


As April 25th continues to approach, and draft plans continue to take shape, we will look at players that the Jets have visited with, and talk about whether or not they would be a good fit with the New York Jets. This morning is no exception.

The Jets spent time at SMU’s pro day recently, and specifically looked at one particular player. That is the player we are going to profile this morning. This morning, we are going to take a look at Margus Hunt, defensive end from SMU.

Here are Hunt’s career stats while at SMU:

YEAR TEAM TOT SOLO AST PD SACK FF INT YDS TD
2012 32 20 12 0 8.0 1 1 9 0
2011 27 15 12 0 3.0 0 0 0 0
2010 45 21 24 0 3.0 0 0 0 0
2009 8 4 4 0 2.0 0 0 0 0

MEASURABLES

Margus comes in at 6’8″, 277 pounds. He ran a combine-leading 4.60 40 yard dash, and an also leading bench press of 38 reps. Take a look at his full profile from out friends at nflmocks by clicking here.

Hunt clearly came into his own in his senior season with the team, posting 8 sacks.

Take a look at some highlight video on Margus Hunt and see what you think:

PROS: The first thing that jumps out to me is his ability to use his hands. Some of the other players at the position are a bit more limited with the moves, but Hunt is excellent with his hands, and using them to get around the offensive player. He also has his eyes in the backfield at all times, and excellent closing speed. He is also an excellent fundamental tackler. He wraps up, just like they draw it up.

CONS: The only thing I see, and I am stretching a bit, is that he has to be careful not to become a “one trick pony”. What do I mean? He can be a great pass rusher, but the Jets need a guy that can play on every down. He must make sure he can stay at home for his assignments in the running because if he gets caught in the backfield, he will leave huge holes where he was.

The bottom line to the Jets is, this guy can play. Just use the eye test while watching his video. Clearly this guy can get after the passer. If he can do more, he could become a steal from the 2013 draft.

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  • blastingzone

    The only problem I see is where are they going to play him? You already have two
    starting DE’s unless your planing on using him at OLB or you are going to only use him on third downs at DE to get after the QB or maybe Rex plans on moving Wilkenson to DT and playing him full time at DE? MMMMMMMMMM interesting!
    If the jets know about this secret weapon so does everybody else!!

    • TheJetPress

      Fair point. I could see moving Wilkerson inside and letting this guy start on the outside if they get him. Wilkerson does a pretty good job creating pressure from inside, which would make the set up work. Your idea of him at TE is an interesting one.

      Great story on meeting Mark Gastineau. You are right you have done the suffering thing a lot longer than me. I can feel your pain though, although you have at least seen a winner. I wish I knew what that was like.

      Thanks for reading!

  • blastingzone

    I just had an Idea, play Hunt at TE! At 6’8″ and 277 Ibs and 4.6 speed he would make
    a hell of a TE!! Alan I got to tell you this story,In the 1980′s I lived on LI, NY(I moved to florida 22 yrs ago) and was driving to my girl friend in East Rockaway when I saw
    Mark Gastineau running out of a bar! I opened my car window and yelled MARK
    and he yelled back I’m late and I have to go, then I said I’m a big fan and he came
    running over to my car and ran his hand thru my hair smiled and ran off!! I have
    been a jet fan since 1967 so I’ve been punished alot more than you have! Of
    course I got see the 1969 miracle which made all these tough years worth it!
    I also got to meet Joe Kleco and I have a picture of him with his autograph
    which he signed while I stood there! I also met Jimi Hendrix back stage at
    the filmore east in NY when I was 16 yrs old but thats a story for another day!

  • Brandon

    I have a feeling he will be gone before the Jets’ second round pick. I hope they get him though. He looks like he’d be leader on the D.

    • TheJetPress

      I agree Brandon. I like what he looks like on tape, but him hanging around seems unlikely.