Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.
Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Scout: Joe Marino
Name: Maurice Hurst
Position: Defensive Tackle
Date of Birth: 5/9/1995
High School: Xaverian Brothers (Mass.)
Games Played: 33
Games Started: 4
Team Captain: No
Production: 72 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 19 tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery.
High School: Consensus 4-star defensive tackle prospect. Father played for the Patriots. Selected to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association All-State Team twice (2011-12). Turned down offers from Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, North Carolina and others to attend Michigan.
College: 2015-16 Academic All-Big Ten. Deep rotation and plenty of NFL-caliber talent has kept Hurst from full-time workload.
Strengths: Outstanding burst off the ball to work into the neutral zone and initiate contact. Plays with terrific leverage and hand technique. Maximizes his power and overcomes lack of size by being quicker, playing with low pads and utilizing hand technique. Motor is relentless which shows up when rushing the passer, working down the line of scrimmage against the run or chasing down plays away from him. Keen awareness to screen plays and works hard to rally to the football while frequently finishing. Good flexibility to turn angles. Knows how to work half a man and attack rush angles. Break up a lot of passes at the line of scrimmage by alertly getting his hands up into throwing lanes against quick game and when his rush stalls. Plays through blocks, locates the ball and finishes with ease. Extremely stout for his size. Has the ability to stack the run and penetrate through gaps.
Weaknesses: Want to see him develop hand technique required to clean his pads better. Will concede ground to work off blocks. Has tweener traits. Better timing with his pass rush moves and counters is needed.
Summary: Michigan defensive lineman Maurice Hurst is that next interior defensive lineman that is a bit undersized but is incredibly quick, powerful and disruptive. Hurst lives in opposing backfields with his get off, leverage and power.
More of a rotational player to this point, Hurst will be a full-time starter for the Wolverines in 2017. That experience should improve my gripes about timing when executing his pass rush moves and counters.
Despite not checking the size box, Hurst still plays with considerable power and is able stack blocks against the run. He has the burst, pass rush variety, flexibility and motor to make an impact when rushing the passer at the next level.
Hurst is primed for a breakout senior season and he offers highly appealing traits for teams that feature a 4-3 with some multiplicity.
Predicted Value Range: 1st-2nd Round