Rex works out SMU's Margus Hunt at Pro Day
Jets (Rex) work out SMU's Margus Hunt at Pro Day
By Conor Orr/The Star-Ledger
March 27, 2013
Rex Ryan was at Southern Methodist University today, paying particular attention to 6-8, 275-pound defensive end Margus Hunt.
As The Star-Ledger reported last week, the Jets have significant interest in the defensive end. At the conclusion of his workout, though, Hunt said he was surprised Ryan worked him out as an outside linebacker.
However, this isn't out of the ordinary for Ryan. When the Jets were after Quinton Coples last year, Ryan went down to North Carolina's Pro Day and worked Coples out as an OLB as well as a defensive end, where he ended up playing in 2012.
It was something future-wise that was pushed up to this time, so I had to make the adjustment early, Coples said in June after a day of working out at outside linebacker in practice. Im looking forward to being part of that linebacker corps in the future.
Ryan, who's defense thrives on simulated pressures -- formations where defensive ends often drop back or roam the line of scrimmage -- loves his draft picks to be versatile. Muhammad Wilkerson could also play multiple positions along the defensive line.
Hunt will visit the Jets along with Oregon pass rusher Dion Jordan, according to people familiar with the situation who requested anonymity. This fits in with both Ryan's desire for more pressure and John Idzik's penchant for pass rushers.
Hunt ran an eye-opening 4.6 40-yard dash at the combine and threw up 38 reps on the bench. The Estonian-born former track and field star has blocked 17 kicks in his NCAA career, including seven in one season, both just shy of records.
Last year, Hunt had eight sacks and an interception for the Mustangs.
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Also in Jets news....
Unrestricted free agent Chaz Schilens is on a visit to the Tennessee Titans today, according to CBS Sports.
Also, the Browns plan to release QB Colt McCoy, according to the Plain Dealer. The Jets could still be on the lookout to add competition to their preseason QB battle.