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Maurice Hurst | Defensive Tackle

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/9/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 280

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Raiders selected Michigan DT Maurice Hurst with the No. 140 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Hurst (6’1/292) bloomed late in Ann Arbor, making only 17 career starts but breaking out as a fifth-year senior for 14.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. Despite playing out of position at nose tackle, PFF College charted Hurst with the most QB pressures in the nation (49) among interior defensive linemen. Hurst was flagged for a heart condition at the Combine and removed from many teams’ draft boards. With a blurry get-off, low pad level, and exceptional lateral quickness, Hurst projects as three-technique pass rusher ala Aaron Donald if he can get permanently cleared to play football. Hurst likely would have been a first-round pick if not for the medical concern. Apr 28 - 2:09 PM

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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports Michigan DL Maurice Hurst "will fall out of the first round due to medical concerns and could drop as far as the third."

This coincides with ESPN's Todd McShay's latest report that several teams have taken him off their board. The concern lies with Hurst's irregular heart beat that was detected during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. This is an odd development as Hurst wasn't listed as a health recheck after the event, which usually means the health issue isn't a big deal. Prior to the concerns about his health, Hurst was viewed as a top-15 prospect in this class and will be an absolute steal for a team if he ends up being healthy.
Apr 25 - 5:03 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay reports that Michigan DL Maurice Hurst (heart) has been taken off several team's boards.

McShay mentions that Hurst could now slide into Day 3 despite being considered by many to be one of the two-or-three best defensive tackles in the class. The 6-foot-1, 292-pound Hurst was shown with an irregular heartbeat during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but he wasn't listed as a health recheck after the event. If Hurst is healthy, he would be an absolute steal after the first 64 picks.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 7:36 PM Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Michigan DL Maurice Hurst (heart) is not listed as a "recheck" after the NFL Scouting Combine.

The recheck list are players that teams want to check again if there's some sort of medical issue. It's not a list that you want to be part of, so the fact that Hurst isn't included is certainly a positive sign. As Rapoport notes in his tweet that doesn't mean that every team will clear him, but just the fact that teams feel confident enough not to include him on this list bodes well.
Apr 7 - 1:37 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Michigan DL Maurice Hurst (heart) has been medically cleared to play.

A great development for Hurst, who has been in limbo on the health front ever since an irregular EKG result revealing a heart condition came back during NFL Scouting Combine medical checks. Per Schefter, the 6-foot-1, 292-pounder met with cardiologists at both Michigan and Harvard before receiving the all-clear. Hurst plans on participating in the Wolverines pro day this weekend as he tries to make a late push for Round 1 consideration in April's draft. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks the Michigan product as the No. 5 defensive tackle prospect in the 2018 class.
Mar 22 - 2:55 PM

Michigan DL Maurice Hurst suggested he will participate in the school's pro day later this week.

"2 Days until I get to Kill Pro Day!" Hurst posted on social media. As you know, Hurst was held out of the NFL Combine due to an irregular EKG. Hopefully, he completes a full athletic profile. Hurst is one of the best interior disruptors in this class.
Source: Instagram
Mar 22 - 10:26 AM

Michigan DL Maurice Hurst told the NFL Network an irregular EKG led to a failed medical.

Hurst is headed back to Michigan for more testing and plans to be ready for Michigan's pro day on March 23. Hurst is actually still on the field in Indianapolis, talking and applauding his peers.
Mar 4 - 9:56 AM

Michigan DT Maurice Hurst (heart) was sent home from the NFL Combine.

As reported earlier, Hurst was diagnosed with a heart condition in Indianapolis. After being red-flagged, Hurst was sent home. Ian Rapoport reported that a source compared Hurst's situation to Nick Fairley's. Fairley was also flagged with a heart condition at the NFL Combine. He was cleared by the Lions and played for several years, but the issue re-surfaced later in his career with the Saints.
Mar 3 - 3:05 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Michigan DT Maurice Hurst was diagnosed with a heart condition at the NFL Combine.

Per Schefter, Hurst will undergo further testing. Unfortunately, that's the only task on Hurst's docket now, as he's been ruled out from participating in Combine drills and tests. This is obviously scary news. We'll know more when the results from his evaluations are released. Coming into the event, he was seen as a late-Rd. 1 or early-Rd. 2 prospect.
Mar 3 - 12:58 PM

Michigan DL Maurice Hurst measured 6-foot-1 1/4 inches and 292 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Hurst should be happy to get over the 290 mark for his weight, as multiple evaluators would raise an eyebrow at an interior player in the 280s. Hurst boasts 9 1/2-inch hands, 32-inch arms and a 76 7/8-inch wingspan. He is the most disruptive interior pass rusher in this class. Hurst will take the field on Sunday.
Mar 2 - 8:48 AM

An AFC scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Michigan DT Maurice Hurst is "only going to play for 4-3, upfield teams as a three-technique."

"That's the only place that works for him," the scout explains. It's an opinion that we've heard from multiple analysts. While this narrows the potential destination pool for the 6-foot-2, 282-pound Hurst, not all is lost for the defensive tackle. The scout notes that "[h]e'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." Zierlein mocks him to the Cowboys at pick No. 19 in his first such exercise of the evaluating season.
Feb 16 - 4:26 PM Analyst Bucky Brooks ranks Maurice Hurst as his top defensive tackle in the 2018 NFL Draft class.

This is somewhat of an upset, as many analysts have Washington's Vita Vea as the top defensive tackle class. Brooks has Vea second, followed by Florida's Tavon Bryan, Alabama's Da'Ron Payne and Florida State's Derrick Nnadi. "The pass-rushing defensive tackle is en vogue in a league that's becoming more pass-centric," Brooks writes. "Hurst certainly fits the bill as a disruptive interior player with a non-stop motor and superb hand skills." Most current mocks having the former Michigan star going somewhere in the middle of the first round.
Feb 11 - 1:41 PM

One AFC scout believes Michigan DL Maurice Hurst can only succeed in a 4-3 defense as a 3-technique, which limits his potential landing spots.

This way of thinking is a bit ancient for our liking since any team would improve with a player like Hurst on the roster. His upfield explosion is exceptional, causing instant disruption on a number of plays. The scout agrees but still believes scheme needs to fit in order for Hurst to succeed. 4-3 and 3-4 teams can be similar, as it is all based on alignment and gaps. Hurst was listed in the 280 range at Michigan, so we will be on the lookout if he hovers around 300 at the NFL Combine.
Feb 8 - 9:01 AM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell spoke with sources at six different NFL teams regarding Michigan DL Maurice Hurst's draft standing, with four saying that the Wolverine would be drafted in Round 2.

Hurst (6'2/282) has been a popular first-round name in mock drafts this winter -- earlier on Tuesday, ESPN's Todd McShay projected him to the Cowboys at pick No. 19 -- but this does not appear to be an opinion held by all. One NFC GM went so far as to tell Campbell, "We graded him in the bottom half of the second [round], and he could go in the third." Campbell has heard some questions about just how well the undersized Hurst might be able to hang against the run at the pro level. It should be noted that this was an area he excelled in during the 2017 campaign -- he was the only defensive tackle to receive a grade of at least 90 against the run by Pro Football Focus metrics. The NFL Scouting Combine figures to be an important setting for him as he tries to convince that he's worth a Day 1 selection.
Feb 6 - 2:20 PM

Pro Football Focus's Jordan Plocher believes that Michigan DL Maurice Hurst could compare to Tampa Bay DL Gerald McCoy.

Hurst was an analytical superstar over his final year with the Wolverines, ranking near the top of PFF's run-stopping and pass-rushing grades for any player. Plocher writes that he's similar to McCoy not only because of his dominance, but because they were both undersized defenders coming into the next level. "The comparison between the two — McCoy and Hurst — does, in fact, come with merit," Plocher writes. "Hurst’s ability to be disruptive and productive against the run and as a pass-rusher means he should be able to stay on the field in nearly every down-and-distance situation and provide tremendous value for the team that drafts him."
Feb 3 - 5:02 PM