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New York Jets Draft Profile: DE Margus Hunt

By Alan Schechter

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

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:


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.