While at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. this week, the Green Bay Packers interviewed SMU defensive lineman Margus Hunt, according to Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com.
Hunt, the 42nd-ranked overall player in this year’s Draft class by NFLDraftScout.com, is an intriguing player for a number of reasons.
First off, he’s a native of Estonia that came to SMU by the way of track and field as a shot put and discus thrower. That alone would make for a good storyline, but the Hunt narrative doesn’t end there.
Not only did Hunt find his calling in football, he just so happened to the be the tallest player that measured in at the Senior Bowl at 6′ 8 1/4″.
Using his height to his advantage, Hunt blocked 17 kicks (punts, field goals, extra points) during his career at SMU, the second-most in NCAA history.
To that end, perhaps it’s no coincidence that the Packers were doing their due diligence into someone who’s not only a player at a position of need, but someone who provides a quality the Packers don’t have much of on the defensive line––height.
In an interview published at JSOnline last week, Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac indicated that Green Bay might be in the market for a defensive lineman that provides a new tangible quality they’re lacking.
“I think we’d like to get a little taller guy, someone with more length in there,” Trgovac is quoted as saying.
Hunt had a terrific senior season at SMU, one that saw him make 31 tackles, 11.5 for a loss, eight sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and three blocked kicks. His season was capped off with a dominating performance in the Hawaii Bowl by racking up three tackles for a loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a safety in a win over Fresno State, a performance that got him named to Cheesehead TV’s All-Bowl team.
In the article at WalterFootball.com, Hunt explained how he gained experience playing as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 defense at SMU, but at the NFL level, he’d probably have to put on more weight on a frame that currently carries 277 lbs.
A follow-up article by Campell reads, “Some 3-4 teams would like to see Hunt add 20 pounds to be a stouter five-technique defensive end.”
It certainly wouldn’t be a stretch to think that the Packers could be one of those teams. Furthermore, it’s worth noting that Hunt may already be off the board by the time the Packers draft in the second round.
Does that mean he could end up being a first-round draft choice? Only time will tell.