NFL Draft results 2013: Margus Hunt selected by Bengals with No. 53 pick

USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals bolstered their defense in the second round.

With the No. 53-overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected SMU Mustangs defensive end Margus Hunt. Hunt is the No. 53-rated player in the draft rankings from SB Nation's Dan Kadar and the 7th-rated defensive end.

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.

Combine results

Height: 6'8
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.

More from SB Nation:

NFL mock draft: Who goes in the second round?

Geno Smith's nightmare becomes reality

NFL draft results: First-round picks and analysis

The Drafty Hour: First-round reactions

NFL draft grades: Reviewing the first round

Recapping the NFL Draft's Day 1 trades

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.