There will be plenty of debate about which player improved his draft stock most at this week's NFL Scouting Combine. That comes down to what teams saw, not us, but put SMU defensive end Margus Hunt in the conversation.
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote Tuesday that Hunt "was the talk of the town" after his impressive workout this week in Indianapolis. Hunt boasts size -- 6-foot-8 and 277 pounds -- and his bench-press showing (38 reps at 225 pounds) turned heads.
"He then proceeded to wow scouts by running a 4.60-second (40-yard dash) and posting a 38-inch vertical jump," Jeremiah wrote. "Hunt is very raw on tape, but his size and upside will likely force him into the bottom of the second round."
In a deep draft at defensive line, that would mark a steady rise for Hunt, who grew up in Estonia before coming to SMU in 2007. He figures as an anchor from both the 3-tech and 5-tech spots and his stock might rise due to that versatility. Hunt has drawn comparisons to Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, and if he lives up to it, a second-round grade in the 2013 NFL Draft isn't too high for this player.
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