Heading into the NFL Combine, draft analysts had questions about whether or not Jalen Hurts’ skillset will translate at the next level. Now, they’re just thinking about how dangerous he could be if given the proper time to develop.
There’s so much to like about Hurts when you watch his tape from this past season at Oklahoma. He improved as a passer in Lincoln Riley’s system, and we already know how deadly he can be when he uses his legs in the open field.
Hurts showcased his athleticism at the combine, running a 4.59 during the 40-yard dash. The dual-threat quarterback also looked precise during the throwing drills.
Bleacher Report insider Matt Miller had nothing but praise for Hurts after his performance at the combine. In fact, he believes Hurts has entered the discussion to be a top-50 pick.
Here’s what Miller had to say about Hurts, via Bleacher Report:
Hurts handled himself well in interviews with the media and with NFL teams, but most importantly he continued to show improved mechanics and fluidity in his passing motion. Hurts isn’t being judged on who he was at Alabama or Oklahoma, but on what he can become with NFL coaching and time to develop. And that is a pretty fun idea.
Whichever team drafts Hurts is most likely going to sit him for his rookie year and give him time to adjust to the NFL.
Nonetheless, there should be plenty of general managers interested in Hurts. His athleticism and leadership are two qualities that are hard to teach.