A raw player, Hunt is unlikely to be an instant addition to the Bengals' starting defensive line, but he has the athleticism to bloom into a dominant player for the team.
With Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap, finding a new starting defensive end isn't exactly a top priority for the Bengals, but a developmental player like Bengals was seen as a worthwhile investment for the playoff-level team.
In a prospect profile on SB Nation, the following was listed as a positive for Hunt:
Pass rush: Hunt is a force to be reckoned with when pursuing the passer. He can use his speed or power to get past the lineman. When he gets past the offensive lineman, it's difficult for the quarterback to escape Hunt's wrath.
Weight: 277 lbs.
Hand size: 10 inches
40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds
Vertical jump: 34.5 inches
Hunt is nothing short of a freak of nature who can really play. Most human beings aren't 6'8', pushing 280 pounds and fast, but Hunt isn't normal after all. In 2012, Hunt showed what he can do for SMU, amassing eight sacks, including two at the Hawaii Bowl against the Fresno State Bulldogs.
With Hunt, it's more about potential than anything else. If the right coaches have the opportunity to mold him, many NFL people believe he'll be a star.