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So imagine the Saints trading back in round 1, say as far as 29th or 30th. Who could they target? SMU defensive end Margus Hunt could be that guy.
Most have Hunt going early in round 2, and it wouldn’t be that big of a reach selecting him around 28 or 30th overall. Hunt originally attended SMU as a track athlete, but after the program folded, he was encouraged to try out for football. To say the least, the Estonia native took to the game pretty well. Margus had a stellar performance at the Hawaii Bowl. He’s got great size at 6-8 and 277 lbs. In his senior season he tallied 8 sacks. NFL draft analyst Mike Detillier had high praise for Hunt in his draft guide: “Hunt has the size, speed, long arms, and power-skills to be a J.J Watt (Houston Texans) type of player.”
Hunt flashed great speed at the NFL scouting combine, clocking a 4.62 in the forty-yard dash. Detillier says the mammoth defensive end is still a football novice, though. “He’s still a work in progress as a football player and his age (25) and some injuries in the past could negatively affect his draft status,” Mike says. The Saints could target this player later in round 1 and recoup some draft picks in the process of trading down. It’s a bit far-fetched but it could happen.
My take: I wouldn’t necessarily like trading out of the top fifteen in the draft to the bottom of round 1, but when you consider the Saints need draft choices, it’s not all that bad of a strategy. I talked to Hunt at the Senior Bowl this past season and he’s an interesting player who seems eager to get his shot at the NFL level. He comes with some huge question marks, but could end up being a real find for the team that lands him.
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