Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein
When I first studied Hurst last year I liked what I saw; however, upon further inspection, I've come to realize that there just isn't enough athleticism and skill there for me to get overly excited about his NFL future.
Hurst displays more power than I expected based upon his high-cut frame and I like the way he was able to drive defenders off of their spots in the running game. The big problem I have is that his feet are not good enough to play left tackle and his technique needs work in order to be a consistent enough pass blocker on the right side.
Hurst has difficulty making up enough ground with his kick slides to be able to keep edge speed from turning the corner on him and I see QBs having to step up in the pocket too often rather than having Hurst ride his man around the arc.
I do think that Hurst has enough core strength and bend to be able to play inside at guard and he does a pretty good job with his hands. Hurst's average feet will make it hard to be a consistent starter at tackle in the NFL. If I'm a team, I take a close look at Hurst as a mid-round guard who can help with roster flexibility as a swing tackle.