Maurice Hurst Jr. created a fantastic career at Michigan by being a disruptive force upfront.
The All-American defensive tackle was able to cause havoc to opposing offenses. Hurst left Michigan as a redshirt senior, tallying 130 tackles and 13.5 sacks throughout his four seasons with the Wolverines. Hurst is a player with a ton of upside but also has his flaws that will scare teams away from him. Let’s peek at his flaws first.
At his position, Hurst is considered a rather small tackle at 6’2″ and weighing 269 pounds. Other defensive tackles at the top of this year’s draft class are a much more attractive size than him. Although he’s considered small, there is a lingering issue with Hurst that will definitely scare some teams away.
Maurice Hurst was unable to complete a routine physical last weekend resulting in the tackle being ineligible to participate in the NFL combine drills.
This isn’t the first time Hurst’s heart health has let him down,“It was an irregular EKG. Same thing [happened] at Michigan,” Hurst told the NFL Network. “Went through a lot of tests and got that all figured out and was cleared, so hopefully just do the same thing once I get back to school and come back for rechecks.” A young man with an unhealthy heart, who cannot easily pass a physical, is probably a huge red flag for scouts looking in.
Heart issues aside, Maurice Hurst is an electrifying defensive tackle with an extremely high motor. Onlookers considered Hurst one of the best defensive tackles in college football. Hurst is a defender that will put his hands up on passes and keep his head on a swivel. Offensive linemen had their hands full with Hurst. He is also really tough to move against the run as he holds his ground, which is what teams want out of their interior lineman.
Fit in Cleveland
Although Myles Garrett is the solidified option at defensive end, there could always be some new faces at the defensive tackle position. Hurst would be able to take some pressure off Larry Ogunjobi, who had a great rookie season and Emmanuel Ogbah.
With all the concerns surrounding Hurst, it might be in John Dorsey’s best interest to steer away from him early on. If he is eligible to participate in his pro-day, observe that, talk to him and go from there. If you’re the Browns, the first round is too early to take Hurst. Even No. 33 and 35 are too early for someone with his type of concerns.
The best chance for the Cleveland Browns to take Hurst is if he slips to late in the second-round or early third-round.