The Bengals added another talented performer to their loaded defensive line, selecting Southern Methodist defensive end Margus Hunt with the No. 53 overall pick on Friday night.
A native of Estonia, Hunt (6-8, 277) was a champion shot put and discus thrower and set the junior world record in the discus. He took up football at SMU in 2009, where he garnered notice for his unique skill set. Hunt, who notched eight sacks as a senior at SMU, blocked 17 kicks — an NCAA record — at SMU.
Hunt, who will be 26 in his rookie season, could project to left end in Cincinnati. The Bengals are already deep at end, with Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson, Robert Geathers and Wallace Gilberry among the veteran options. Hunt figures to work closely with Bengals DL coach Jay Hayes as he tries to learn the finer points of the pro game.
The Bengals have built a superior defensive line without using a single first-round pick to build the group. Time will tell if Hunt is another success story, but say this for the Bengals — they clearly understand the value of a deep defensive line, and they clearly have had a knack for evaluating and coaching linemen. Now they have the luxury of patience as they turn their attention to molding Hunt.