Maurice Hurst (DT) - Michigan by Jonathan Witt

Bio:

Maurice Hurst is a 6’2 280 lb senior DT out of the University of Michigan.  In his senior year (his best at Michigan), Hurst was named to the All-Big Ten Defensive first team while having a career high in tackles, 59, 13.5 of which were for a loss.  His senior season help put him on most GMs draft radar.  During his time at Michigan he was also a 3x Academic All-Big Ten.

Strengths:

Hurst has a lightning quick first step, which allows him to be fast to the point of attack.  He tends to get off the ball low and fire the gap to create good penetration and cause havoc in the backfield.  For his size, he is pretty agile, and combine that with a high motor, it allows him to make plays well beyond the gaps.  Smart player, with a great learning curve and sense for the game as showed by his academic all-Big Ten honors.

Weakness:

Whoever drafts Hurst, he needs to immediately hit the weight room to bulk up, as by NFL standards, is a little small for the prototypical DT.  He needs to prove that he can power through a block, and not relay on a move or technique.  Some scouts think he is limited to a three-technique, but that could change over time with the right system and or coaches.     

Overall:

Hurst is getting some first round grades by scouts, and should go mid to late 1st, early 2nd if he slips.  His ideal landing spot would be with a team that runs a 4-3 up field system that he can play a three-technique style.    If he gets drafted by a 3-4 system and does not adapt to it, he could become a rotational/situational DT and not a starter.

Pro Comparison:

Ceiling: Geno Atkins

Floor: Maliek Collins

Jonathan Witt - @JPW2542