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Jalen Hurts Rightfully Declares 'I'm A Quarterback' At NFL Combine

Jalen Hurts runs the ball against UCLA at the Rose Bowl.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners breaks free from the defense of Quentin Lake #37 and Osa Odighizuwa #92 of the UCLA Bruins during the first half of a game on at the Rose Bowl on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Jalen Hurts has remained very consistent during the lead-up to the NFL Draft. He's willing to do what he can to help a team, but he is a quarterback.

During his college career at Alabama and Oklahoma, Hurts ran up a 38-4 record as starting quarterback. He led both programs to the College Football Playoff, and was the starter on an Alabama national championship team. There are questions about him as a pure passer compared to some others, but he is coming off of a pretty illustrious college career.

On Monday, Hurts measured in at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He checked in at 6-foot-1, 22 pounds. His hands came in at 9 6/8-inches, well clear of the nine-inch benchmark that some get concerned about. He has 31 6/8-inch arms and a wingspan of 77 5/8 inches.

We'll see how things look when Hurts goes through drills over the coming days. A good passing day might be very helpful for him, and it'll be interesting to see his 40 time as well. Hurts is a true dual-threat player, throwing for over 3,800 yards and rushing for just under 1,300 at Oklahoma, where he played his final season. He finished the year as a Heisman finalist.

Jalen Hurts has drawn some interesting comparisons over the last few weeks. Perhaps the most fascinating is to New Orleans Saints' gadget player Taysom Hill. The former BYU quarterback has become a do-it-all weapon for New Orleans, which obviously has an every-down quarterback in Drew Brees. If a team takes Hurts with that in mind, it sounds like he'll take on whatever role is asked of him. As he prepares to take part in the combine, his mind is on playing quarterback, though. The NFL Scouting Combine runs until next Monday, March 3. The NFL Draft opens on Thursday, April 23. We'll likely find out where Hurts is heading on Friday or Saturday of the draft. [

Jalen Hurts on if he’d change positions if asked by an NFL team: I’m a team first guy, but I’m a quarterback.

— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) February 25, 2020

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