NFL Draft: Bengals select Margus Hunt in 2nd round (53rd pick)

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A kick-blocking machine who didn’t start playing football until 2009, former SMU defensive end Margus Hunt was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 53 overall pick in the SECOND/THIRD round of the NFL Draft on Friday. 

The 6-8, 277-pound Estonia native and discus specialist came to SMU hoping the school would revive its track and field program. When that didn’t happen, Hunt tried football and became an instant smash by blocking seven kicks his first season, one shy of the NCAA record. He ended his career with 17 blocked kicks -- 10 on field goals, seven on extra points – two short of the NCAA record.

The still-developing Hunt had eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss as a senior.

Hunt’s performance at the combine was freakish. He ran a 4.6 forty, did 38 reps on the bench press and posted a 38-inch vertical leap. The big question, according to’s Bruce Feldman, is whether Hunt can consistently play with leverage.

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