Rex Ryan works on the sidelines during the Jets' season...

Rex Ryan works on the sidelines during the Jets' season opener against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Sept. 9, 2012) Credit: Getty

Rex Ryan attended SMU's pro day Wednesday and paid close attention to defensive end Margus Hunt.

The Estonian-born Hunt created a buzz at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine after clocking a 4.60 in the 40-yard dash (which tied him for third-best among linemen) and benching 225 pounds 38 times – tied for the most reps of any participant.

It’s no secret why Ryan would be intrigued by the 6-8, 277-pound Hunt. Despite his limited football experience, the SMU defensive end possesses raw ability, athleticism and impressive size.

According to an report, however, Hunt said he was surprised Ryan chose to work him out at the outside linebacker position. The Jets, of course, are in desperate need for OLB help now that Calvin Pace (released) and Bryan Thomas (free agent who is mulling retirement) are no longer on the team. 

The SMU defensive end, who blocked an NCAA-record seven kicks in 2009 (his first season playing football), had eight sacks in 2012. But it was in track and field where Hunt initially made a name for himself.

He won gold medals in the shot put and discus in the 2006 World Junior Track and Field Championships in Beijing and also won the discus title at the European Junior championships in 2005. 

Per the Dallas Morning News, 23 NFL teams with 27 talent evaluators attended SMU's pro day. And Hunt, to no surprise, was "the big attraction."

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