Maurice Hurst Draft Profile
Maurice Hurst Draft Profile
- Has disruptive initial quickness when ball is snapped
- Too quick for blockers to reach or trap
- High motor
- Bats away early punch attempts creating balance advantages
- Effective in twist game
- Quick to punch and disengage against move blocks on outside zone
Analysis: Maurice Hurst is a three-technique defensive tackle who can get upfield in a hurry. He fires out of his stance, showing an elite burst off the snap. That quickness allows him to beat potential double teams and his punch is lethal at times. His motor does not quit. His footwork allows him to keep his balance while making himself skinny through the line. His light feet help him bounce from gap to gap challenging slow-footed linemen. Michigan ran a lot of twists and stunts up front and Hurst showed his knowledge and understanding of them on the football field.
- Scouts question size for interior line
- Play strength
- Goes head-first into initial contact and loses sight of the ball
- Uses forward lean to create power that upper body is lacking
- Struggles against larger lineman
- Medical red flags
- Lacks versatility
- Doesn’t have the thick frame that lends itself to adding a lot more functional mass
Analysis: Some scouts have come out and questioned Maurice Hurst’s size along the interior of the defensive line. He is small-ish for the position, but the reason why they question Hurst is due to his play strength. He does not possess the ideal strength you look for in a middle of the line defender. He can get ‘big-boyed’ by lineman with size and gets engulfed by their blocks at times. His burst is elite, but he ducks his head down into contact, not only losing sight of the ball, but it is dangerous potentially causing serious injury. A lot of defensive lineman can play multiple positions up front—not Hurst–he is strictly a three-technique tackle in a 4-3 scheme. He was sent home from the NFL combine due to a potential heart defect–while he was cleared to resume football activities, it is scary for any NFL team to spend a first round pick on a guy with a potential heart issue.
What the scouts say: “He’s only going to play for 4-3, upfield teams as a three-technique. That’s the only place that works for him. He’s got a get-off that is crazy fast and if he gets with the right coordinator, he’s going to be tough to block.” – AFC team area scout
Final Thoughts on Maurice Hurst: Hurst has the talent, motor and footwork to be successful at the next level. He is limited in his scheme fit and can only be asked to do so much. If a team understands his limitations and utilizes him correctly, he can be a solid starter in a 4-3 scheme. If a team thinks he can play anywhere along the defensive front, they will be in a world of hurt. Hurst is NOT a first round talent due to these limitations.
Size: 6’2 292lbs
Draft Grade: Day 2
NFL Comparison: Caleb Brantley
Draft Projection: Round 2-3