With the 53rd pick (second round) in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Bengals selected Margus Hunt. He currently plays for the Bengals.
Hunt left Estonia for Dallas in 2007 in order to train with Southern Methodist University track and field coach Dave Wollman, and he began attending SMU part-time. However, by the time he arrived at SMU, it had dropped its men’s track program. Hunt wanted to keep working with Wollman, who had previously worked with another Estonian discus thrower (2004 Olympic bronze Aleksander Tammert), and the latter decided that Hunt’s size and athleticism could earn him an (American) football scholarship. When Hunt tried out for football, his physical power, combined with a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, led head football coach June Jones to give him a scholarship, and he began attending SMU full-time in 2009. Since then, he has played for the Mustangs. In his first 14 games at SMU he blocked 8 kicks, putting him in the top 10 in blocked kicks among all NCAA players.
As a freshman, Margus set a new NCAA record with seven blocked kicks on the year, coming within one block of the NCAA record and Nearly doubling the old SMU record of four. He was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking two field goal attempts in SMU’s 28-21 win over defending C-USA Champion East Carolina, one of which led to a 65-yard touchdown return. He was named honorable mention All-C-USA by the league’s coaches.
During his sophomore season, Margus started in 13 games at defensive end and was named to All-Conference USA honorable mention team. He recorded three sacks, 45 tackles and 6.5 TFLs, blocked three kicks, notched two pass breakups and a hurry. He registered a sack and pass deflection against UAB, notched three tackles and a sack at Rice, and blocked field goals at Texas Tech and Tulsa. He also notched five tackles and two TFLs at Navy and tallied half sacks against Marshall and at East Carolina. He blocked a PAT in the Armed Forces Bowl.
In his junior season, Margus was named All-C-USA honorable mention and was a dominant force in the BBVA Compass Bowl win, notching three sacks and five total tackles. He had 28 tackles, including 7.5 for loss on the year. He had a team-high four blocked kicks on the year and blocked a pair of PATs in the season opener at Texas A&M. He recorded blocked field goals against UTEP and Northwestern State.
In his senior season, Margus recorded 31 tackles, 8 sacks, and an interception. He was named the MVP of the 2012 Hawaii Bowl.