Last month, our own Matt Grecco took a look at SMU defensive end Margus Hunt and came to the conclusion that the Colts would be an interesting match for him in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Apparently, Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson agrees, at least on some level.
Hunt is a 25-year-old Estonian who won gold medals at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in both the shot put and discus competitions. He's also pretty good at playing football, too.
At 6'8, Hunt is a GIANT at the defensive end position in a 3-4. He is also a beast on special teams, blocking a near-NCAA record 19 kicks. Hunt totaled 112 tackles and 16.5 sacks in his career at SMU. 8 of those 16.5 sacks were earned last season.
At 277 lb., there are comparisons to Texans all-world defensive end J.J. Watt. Like Watt, Hunt is ideally suited to play DE in a 3-4 look or DT in a 4-3 look. He's considered by most draftniks to be a first rounder, falling somewhere between No. 17 and the early second round. The Colts pick at No. 24.
However, as Matt argued last month:
The Colts haven't addressed their need for pass rushers in Free Agency, which means they'll undoubtedly take somebody, preferably high in the draft. I've seen Hunt go as high as 15th overall, and some have him going in the 2nd round. It won't be a reach to see Hunt drafted at pick #24, but if we are to believe Colts GM Ryan Grigson, the Colts will take the Best Player Available, and I can't make an argument that Hunt will be the best player available at pick #24. If the Colts were to trade back into the 30s I think an argument can be made, but not at #24. Clearly Hunt looks like the classic "boom or bust" pick, but I don't think the Colts are in the position to use a coveted first around pick on a guy like that, at least not yet.
A two-day visit suggests Grigson and company want to see up-close whether or not this 25-year-old is more "bust" than "boom."