SMU's Margus Hunt ready to put potential on display

As the NFL descends upon Indianapolis this week for the annual scouting combine, SMU defensive lineman Margus Hunt will be one of the main attractions.

At 6-foot-8ΒΌ and 277 pounds, Hunt will have a chance to drop jaws by how fast he runs his 40-yard dash, how many times he bench presses 225 pounds and how quickly he goes through other timed drills.

But Hunt does not want to talk about his specific goals for the combine. Better to keep them a secret.

His defensive line coach at SMU, however, is more willing to make a prediction.

"He'll run under a 4.7 40, and I told him on the bench press that when he gets to 40 to just rack it, it doesn't matter," Bert Hill said. "The sky's the limit. He's got it all."

Predicted a long-time NFL scout about Hunt, "He will be the combine phenom and his name will blow up."

Some mock drafts already have Hunt as a first-round selection, which would be a first for SMU since 1986 when two players went in the opening round (Rod Jones, Reggie Dupard). Others see him as a second- or third-round pick.

A dominating combine performance could move Hunt up the draft boards.

Read more about Hunt's draft prospects here.