Jalen Hurts is rising up most draft boards due to his immediate success at Oklahoma. Perhaps the only draft scout that isn’t buying into it just yet is Todd McShay.
There wasn’t much draft buzz surrounding Hurts during his time at Alabama. His decision to transfer to Oklahoma has certainly done wonders for his overall stock.
Hurts has thrived thus far in Lincoln Riley’s system, easing the loss of Kyler Murray for the Sooners.
While there have been several mock drafts that list Hurts as a first-round prospect, McShay isn’t ready to elevate him to that status.
In fact, the ESPN draft analyst has given Hurts a late-round grade.
McShay didn’t hold back in his assessment of Hurts on College Football Live.
“I don’t have any beef with Jalen Hurts,” McShay said when asked about a later-round grade on the Oklahoma starter. “Look at how they’ve played and look at what he’s done. Obviously he’s starting to rise up boards and get attention from NFL scouts. But you also have to look at who they’ve played and the system he’s in and how many wide-open receivers he’s throwing to. We’re going to get to see a lot more in terms of playing tougher defenses. Texas, I know the secondary is banged up and they’ve given up a lot of pass yards, but it’s a more athletic group. Iowa State, at Baylor, we’re going to see more in terms of defenses and him having to throw into tight windows.”
Hurts will have plenty of opportunities to change McShay’s evaluation in the coming weeks. It all starts this weekend when Oklahoma battles Texas at the Cotton Bowl.