And he’s certainly used his size to his advantage throughout his NFL career, particularly on special teams.
And now Hunt — all 6 foot 8 and 295 pounds of him — is one of the newest members of the Indianapolis Colts.
The team on Monday announced the signing of both Hunt and center/guard
“Margus has rare size, speed and athleticism,” Ballard said in the team’s press release. “He has good experience on defense and is a significant contributor on special teams as well. I’m excited to see how he progresses this year.”
Hunt was a second-round (53rd overall) pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2013 NFL Draft, and the SMU product has amassed 26 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, three passes defensed and four special teams tackles in 44 career games.
Now, Hunt’s ability to block kicks is nothing new. A native Estonian, he had never played any organized football before arriving to SMU, but after the school’s track team disbanded, he joined the football team and would go on to collect 17 kicks, the second most in NCAA history, including 10 blocks on field goals, breaking James Ferebee’s NCAA record of eight blocked field goals set at New Mexico State from 1978-81.
Despite being selected in the second round, he was viewed as more of a project by the Bengals, and his statistics show it. He played in 10 games his rookie season, 12 games in 2014 and just seven games in 2015 before playing in a career-high 15 games in 2016. With the way he can affect a game on special teams — as well as the fact he likely hasn’t hit his NFL prime yet — Hunt’s signing could be looked at as one with major upside.
Without further ado, here are some of Hunt’s top plays over his NFL career to this point:
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