Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts is having a remarkable season. Lincoln Riley’s system for transfer quarterbacks is flourishing.
Hurts is still in the Heisman conversation despite the Sooners’ recent loss to Kansas State. Oklahoma has a difficult path to the College Football Playoff now. But there’s still hope.
While the Oklahoma quarterback is dominating the college football scene, where does his NFL draft stock stand?
Mel Kiper discussed Hurts’ draft status during ESPN’s First Take on Thursday morning. Here’s what he had to say.
“When you look at where Jalen is right now at Oklahoma, he could end up being a fourth- or fifth-round pick,” Kiper said, via 247Sports. “Not early but day three is where somebody brings him into the fold.”
A fourth- or fifth-round pick is a bit lower than most would expect for Hurts. But it makes sense given the high amount of quarterback prospects for this year’s NFL Draft.
Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon’s Justin Herbert and LSU’s Joe Burrow are expected to be the top three quarterbacks taken off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft. With such a high amount of elite QB prospects, Hurts is bound to slide down the rounds.
But make no doubt about it – Hurts is progressing as a QB prospect.
“The development started two years ago at Alabama,” Kiper said. “He looked like a different quarterback than what he was. It’s not just what’s happened at Oklahoma with Lincoln (Riley), who’s done a great job no question. He is a quarterback whisperer. He is a great offensive mind. But I think it started under Nick Saban at Alabama there.”
The 2020 NFL Draft is already receiving attention due to players like Hurts. Where will the Oklahoma QB be drafted next year?