53rd-overall pick in 2013 NFL draft, Cincinnati Bengals Draft SMU DE Margus Hunt


Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad defensive lineman Margus Hunt of SMU (96) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl south squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

With the 53rd-overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals drafted defensive end Margus Hunt out of SMU.

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Scouting Report/Player Notes via NFLMocks.com

"Margus Hunt is one of the more freakish athletes in the entire 2013 NFL Draft, regardless of position. If you could put LeBron James in the Scouting Combine, he’d put up similar measurables to Margus Hunt, and I’m not stretching much there. Hunt backed up his height/weight/speed combo at SMU by blocking a ridiculous number of kicks and punts, as well as racking up eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss as a senior. Hunt came to the US from Estonia, where he was a track and field star before trading the discus for a pair of cleats. I think Hunt has the chance to be a dominant defensive end in the NFL if he gets in with some good coaching. The major knock on him is that he is still pretty raw, and will turn 25 years old as a rookie."

Previous 5 Picks, courtesy of NFLMocks:

"39. New York Jets:  Geno Smith, QB, West VirginiaThe Jets get their QB of the future in Geno Smith, and end his long draft weekend. Geno has a good arm and put up fantastic numbers at West Virginia for three consistent years. I love his potential in the NFL and thought he should have been a first rounder.40. San Francisco 49ers (from Titans): Tank Carradine, DE/OLB, Florida StateThis is a great value for the Niners. Carradine is coming off a knee injury and a career year at Florida State. He’s a top 15 talent who joins an already very talented defense. He can come in and make an impact on third downs right away for the Niners.41. Buffalo Bills: Robert Woods, WR, USCThe Bills go and get a target for their new toy at QB, EJ Manuel. Woods is a very underrated player and one of the best route runners in this year’s draft. This is a great pickup for the Bills.42. Oakland Raiders (from Dolphins): Menelik Watson, OT, Florida StateWatson is a very good value here for the Raiders. There were rumors they would go with an OT in the first round, so getting a value like Watson here in the second round is a great move. The Raiders have had a very solid first couple of picks.43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi StateConsider the cornerback position fixed in Tampa Bay. They saw a problem and attacked it this offseason. Getting Banks here is an incredible value, and with their first rounder already being used on Darrelle Revis, the Bucs have had a great draft thus far."

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