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Maurice Hurst | Defensive Tackle

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/9/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 282

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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

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Date: 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

Michigan redshirt senior DL Maurice Hurst will play in Monday's Outback Bowl date with South Carolina.

"I feel like football has always offered so much to me. It just felt like the right decision," Hurst said on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 280-pounder was an All-Big Ten first-teamer this season on the strength of 58 tackles (13.0 for loss), 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble while playing in all 12 of Michigan's games during the regular season. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks the Wolverines standout as the No. 4 defensive tackle in the draft pool. He'll likely be selected within the first three rounds of the draft. Day 1 is not out of the question for Hurst.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 06:57:00 PM

Michigan redshirt senior DL Maurice Hurst is the highest rated All-American on the Pro Football Focus All-American team.

Hurst (6'2/280) has an overall rating of 96.9, which is just above Oklahoma senior QB Baker Mayfield's 96.2. He led all interior rushers with 48 pressures, and he also had a rating above 90 against the run; the only defensive tackle to do so. Hurst hasn't announced if he'll be playing the Outback Bowl against South Carolina or not, but either way, he should be a top 100 selection, possibly going in the first two rounds.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 10:33:00 PM

Michigan redshirt senior DL Maurice Hurst has not yet decided whether he will play in the team's Outback Bowl showdown with South Carolina on New Year's Day.

Hurst (6'2/280) said that he would discuss the bowl with his family before making a final decision. The redshirt senior has turned in a career-best statistical season this year, putting up 58 tackles (13.0 for loss), 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Looking past the Outback Bowl, Hurst has accepted an invitation to play in January's Senior Bowl, the premier postseason stage for draft evaluation. Walter Football's Charlie Campbell believes Hurst will be selected before the end of Day 2 (Rds. 2-3) in the spring. The analyst does not rule out the possibility that he could be drafted in the first round.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 02:59:00 PM

Michigan redshirt senior DL Maurice Hurst has accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Hurst (6'2/280) has been among the most effective run-stoppers of any interior defensive lineman in the country, and also has picked up 5.5 sacks. A likely early day-two pick could become a candidate for the first round if he performs well against the Senior Bowl offensive lineman.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 05:53:00 PM

Michigan redshirt senior DL Maurice Hurst has the highest run-defense rating of any draft-eligible defensive lineman in the country according to Pro Football Focus.

Not only does Hurst have the highest rating of any interior defender (92.3), he also has 16 run stops this year; seventh of any Power 5 lineman this year. Simply put, Hurst has been borderline unblockable this year, and even as the Wolverines have disappointed this year, the 6-foot-2, 280-pound lineman looks like a lock to go in the first 50 selections this fall.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 09:35:00 PM

PFF analyst Josh Liskiewitz believes Michigan redshirt senior DL Maurice Hurst is performing like the best player in the country "regardless of position."

"He reminds me of Gerald McCoy when he was at Oklahoma in that he’s just completely unblockable up front," Liskiewitz said. Michigan's defense remains one of the top units in the country despite losing top players at every level of their defense to the NFL. Hurst and company face a tall test in Penn State this weekend.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 10:02:00 AM

Michigan redshirt senior DT Maurice Hurst was listed as Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline as a riser after his Week 7 performance against Indiana.

Hurst had 1.5 tackles for loss and a half a sack, and six tackles in total. Pauline notes that Hurst "fits into the late part of Round 1 and can line up as a three-technique tackle, a conventional tackle or even a 3-4 end in certain schemes." The ability to stop the run while being a competent pass-rusher is something teams are always looking for, and Hurst looks like he might be able to do just that at the highest level.
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 10:08:00 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo compared Michigan redshirt senior DT Maurice Hurst to Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett.

Hurst has Jarrett to thank for helping to overthrow the NFL's deep bias against undersized defensive tackles. Jarrett was one of the nation's best defenders in 2014, his last season at Clemson, but he fell to the fifth round in the 2015 draft. The Falcons have been richly rewarded for their investment. The 6-foot-2, 280-pound Hurst is similar in size to the 6-foot, 290-pound Jarrett. He's also had comparable production in college. "When [Hurst is] on the field, he's as disruptive as any interior defensive lineman in the nation," Palazzolo wrote. "Hurst's 85.4 pass-rush grade is right there with Jarrett's 84.7 mark in 2014, and given the success of Jarrett, the Los Angeles Rams' Aaron Donald, the Green Bay Packers' Mike Daniels and other undersized defensive tackles, Hurst's skill set hopefully will not go overlooked come draft time next April."
Source: ESPN
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 10:53:00 AM

Pro Football Focus analyst Josh Liskiewitz writes that Michigan redshirt senior DL Maurice Hurst is "the clear leader of the [defensive] unit" heading into 2017.

Liskiewitz ranks Hurst as the No. 3 returning player in the Big Ten. He had a chance to jump for the draft this winter, but opted instead to return to campus. That is a nice beat for the Wolverines, as they leaked several key defensive players to the NFL Draft this offseason. "[Hurst's] 34 total pressures in 173 pass-rush reps last season ranks him first in pass-rush productivity among 2017 defensive tackles," Liskiewitz notes, "and his 18 run stops on 155 run downs ranks him eighth in run-stop percentage within the same group." In terms of your more commonly used statistics, the 6-foot-2, 282-pounder put forth 33 tackles (11.5 for loss), five sacks and a forced fumble over the course of 12 games played during the 2016 campaign. Those numbers could see a boost in 2017, as Hurst is expected to step into a larger role for the coming season.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 07:46:00 PM

Michigan redshirt junior DL Maurice Hurst will return for his final season of collegiate eligibility in 2017.

"After thinking it through with my family, coach Harbaugh and coach Mattison," Hurst said, "we figured out that’s what I wanted to do, improve on some things." During the 2016 campaign the 6-foot-2, 282-pound redshirt junior registered 30 tackles (9.5 for loss), four sacks and a singular fumble recovery.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 03:12:00 PM