Cincinatti Bengals take Margus Hunt in second round of NFL Draft

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SMU Defensive Lineman Margus Hunt was selected 53rd overall. (Courtesy of AP)

With what may go down as the steal of the 2013 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals picked up some serious depth on the defensive line with SMU’s own Margus Hunt.

The 25-year-old Estonian-native was seen by many scouts as a first-round talent with raw ability that must be harnessed before he can become a mainstay on any NFL roster. Hunt will have a chance to prove himself on a team known for its pass rushing specialists.

Cincinnati is well stocked with defensive linemen, including tackles Domata Peko and multiple pro bowler Geno Atkins. With these starters, along with the rest of an underrated Bengals’ defense, Hunt may find himself on the bench for the majority of his first year, but will have a great opportunity to learn how to play in the NFL very quickly.

While at SMU, Hunt was known nationwide as a dominant blocker on special teams, tallying 10 blocks on field goal attempts and seven extra point attempts.

In 2012, Hunt dominated the competition with a team-high eight sacks, including two in his final game, and 11 quarterback hurries.

He was also named the most valuable player of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl and a first-team All-Conference USA this past season on his way towards an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Much will be expected of Margus Hunt, not only from his new team but the SMU community in general, but his potential and skill should be enough to keep him on Cincinnati’s roster for years to come.

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