Maurice Hurst: 2018 NFL Draft Preview

Maurice Hurst #73

Michigan

Defensive Tackle

6’2 280

Senior

Myles Hurst decided to return to Ann Arbor for his senior year after testing the waters in for the 2017 NFL Draft. It seemed to be a smart decision as he enters this college football season as one of the top interior defensive linemen. Hurst was a big contributor for the Wolverines in 2016, appearing in twelve games. He enters his fifth year and finally has earned a starting spot on the Michigan defense with hopes of hearing his name in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Positives

Hurst has good size for a 4-3 defensive tackle in the NFL but could also fit in a 3-4 defense as an end. He has a great grasp on how to use his leverage in order to overpower offensive linemen. He can shed blocks with strength, but also possesses the athletic ability to perform stunts and twists. Hurst can stay tight to the line to get to the quarterback as soon as possible.

Needs Improvement

Hurst does need to work on utilizing other pass rushing maneuvers. He often fails when trying to swim over blockers or rip through them. He also needs to be more consistent. Sometimes he can get knocked off of his feet by blockers and that can’t happen. He should be fun to watch this season and may end up being one of the first defensive lineman off of the board in 2018.




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