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New Mock Draft Has Jalen Hurts As A First Round Pick

Jalen Hurts rushes the ball during his debut at Oklahoma.

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs in the backfield against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

While the biggest question surrounding Jalen Hurts is whether or not he'll win the Heisman Trophy, we'll eventually have to consider where he'll be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Hurts wasn't considered an elite NFL prospect during his time at Alabama, but his time in Oklahoma has changed that narrative. Under Sooners coach Lincoln Riley, the dual-threat quarterback is proving that he can put up jaw-dropping numbers.

In three games this season, Hurts has thrown for 880 passing yards and nine touchdowns. He's done this while also avoiding turning the ball over for the Sooners.

Since Hurts continues to shine at Oklahoma, the senior quarterback is rising up the board in mock drafts. In fact, the latest major mock draft has him going in the first round.

CBS Sports has Jalen Hurts projected to go to the Indianapolis Colts with the No. 12 overall pick.

Hurts isn't the only member of the Sooners projected to go in the first round as CBS Sports has wide receiver CeeDee Lamb going No. 9 overall to the New York Jets.

CBS analyst Chris Trapasso has Hurts as a potential replacement for Jacoby Brissett in Indianapolis, if the Colts don't make him the longterm starter.

Wait, what about Jacoby Brissett? Yes, the Colts just signed him to a two-year extension, which was a nice vote of confidence for him for 2019 but doesn't really tie him to Indianapolis for very long at all. Indianapolis' front office should give Frank Reich another opportunity with a super-talented quarterback. And Hurts would be the perfect candidate to sit for a year.

It'd be quite the story for Hurts if he can go from leaving Alabama to becoming a first-round pick. His former teammate Tua Tagovailoa would also be an early selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Although there are ways to go until Hurts gets to that point, the Oklahoma signal-caller is on the right track.

Hurts can boost his stock next Saturday when Oklahoma hosts Texas Tech.

[CBS Sports]