Reporting Justin Pawlowski
Leading up to Draft day on April 25th, I will be “making the case” for different players to be selected or not selected by the Bucs with the 13th overall selection.
For each player, I will give reasons why the Buccaneers should strongly consider that player and why they should pass on that player as well.
Here. We. Go.
With the 13th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Margus Hunt – Defensive End – SMU
Hunt is one of the physical freaks in this year’s draft. At 6′ 8” and 277 lbs, Hunt is very athletic, explosive and strong.
Hunt came to America from Estonia to perform in track and field, but after that did not work out at SMU, Hunt turned to football. Because he has only been playing football for a couple of years, Hunt is a very raw player with an incredible amount of talent.
Hunt ended his senior season at SMU with 11.5 tackles for a loss including 8 sacks. He simply overpowers offensive tackles at times.
His size might show him to be an ideal fit at end in a 3-4 defense, but Hunt’s athleticism and quickness allows him to play either end position in a 4-3 defense as well.
Hunt has the potential to become one of the dominant defensive ends in the NFL, but with all that potential, there is still concern.
The concern surrounding Hunt is that he might never be able to put it all together. What I mean by this is that he has a lot to learn to make sure his unbelievable measurables do not go unused.
On film, Hunt would look like a top 10 pick at times, but also look like a late round pick at other times. This can be concerning for a player drafted in the top 15 picks, but maybe more willing of a reach in the 2nd round.
To me, the only difference between Margus Hunt and Ziggy Ansah is that Hunt has more film where he started available to go by, while Ansah played sparingly until 2012 when he became a full-time starter. The unknown gives Ansah the advantage.
Another issue with Hunt is that he is so raw, needs a lot of developing, and turns 26 years old this year.
Well, there you have it. The arguments are there to either draft or to pass on SMU DE Margus Hunt. Which way would you go? Call The Commish during his show heard weekdays 9-noon and let him know!
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