While watching NFL 32 the other day, the program had prospects in-house that they were interviewing in lieu of the upcoming draft. What better way to see where prospects heads are before the biggest day of their lives. When it came time to talk with Margus Hunt, I just got the feeling that he could potentially be the perfect Green Bay Packer on and off the field. Obviously whether or not Hunt is still on the board at 26 remains to be seen, but defensive end is an area of need that Hunt could certainly shore up.
Hunt’s story is far from typical. Born in Estonia, he attended Southern Methodist University in 2007 and originally signed up for track and field. Football had never even been a consideration. Around the time he was finally able to attend school, SMU had actually dropped track and field altogether. Having been a shotput and discus thrower, Hunt’s athleticism simply couldn’t go ignored and that’s when his trainer suggested trying out for a football scholarship.
Needless to say, football coach June Jones was impressed. Then again, what’s not impressive about a man thats 6-8, weighs 275 pounds, and runs a 4.7 second 40-yard dash?
Come Combine time, Hunt nearly replicated these impressive numbers as his 40-yard dash time was officially clocked at 4.6 seconds and he was able to bench press 225 pounds 38 times.
While Hunt’s physical attributes and numbers on the field speak for themselves, it was the Margus Hunt off the field that struck me as most impressive. During his interview with ESPN, Hunt comes across as one of the most humble of prospects. You get the feeling that he is genuinely thankful to simply have this type of opportunity.
When asked if his family members (who still reside in Estonia) even knew what American Football was, he replied he was still in the process of explaining it to them. To me, this is the classic Ted Thompson draft pick. Not arrogant, extremely grateful and humble of the opportunity laid at his feet, and would fit in with the team from day one. It’s almost something that can’t even be described by words but after being a fan of the Green and Gold for so long, it seems as if the Packers Nation just knows whether or not a prospect such as Hunt has “it.”
I believe Hunt would even provide a “spitting image” of the type of Packer Clay Matthews was recently quoted as describing – production on the field leads to the organization taking care of you as the player. I really don’t see Hunt as a “problem child” or an injury risk as he has remained healthy throughout college.
I for one must say I would be happy should Thompson decide to draft Hunt. In my eyes, he is more than worthy of a first round selection, and a relatively safe one at that.
However, as I stated earlier, whether or not he is still available at 26 remains until Thursday to be seen. In Ted we trust.
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