Thursday, April 11, 2013
Lightning quick prospect for Falcons?
By Pat Yasinskas
The fine folks at ESPN Stats & Information never cease to amaze me with the nuggets they pass along.
They recently sent us some pre-draft stuff, and one item really jumped off the page.
It took SMU defensive end Margus Hunt an average of 2.36 seconds to get to the quarterback on his eight sacks last season. That was the best average of any BCS front-seven prospect rated in the top 80 by Scouts Inc.
And here’s another nugget on Hunt. On all eight of his sacks, he was the first player to contact the quarterback. In other words, he wasn’t cleaning up on what other people had started.
I’m mentioning this because I think Hunt could be a possibility for the Atlanta Falcons with the 30th pick in the draft. I know, the Falcons have a more glaring need at cornerback, but I’m not sure a good one will be available at No. 30. If the Falcons were to put Hunt out there with Osi Umenyiora, the pass rush might be good enough to make any cornerback look better.
By the way, Hunt’s potential isn’t even close to being tapped. He didn’t even start playing football until 2009. Here’s a story I did on Hunt a while back that details how he transformed from a track and field performer in Estonia to a potential first-round pick.