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.
Assessment by Kyle Crabbs
Name: Maurice Hurst
Year: Redshirt Senior
Position: Interior Defensive Line
Date of Birth: 05/09/1995
High School: Xaverian Brothers (MA)
Games played: 33
Games started: 4
Team Captain: No
72 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, 19.0 tackles for loss.
High School Accolades
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.
2015-16 Academic All-Big Ten. Deep rotation and plenty of NFL-caliber talent has kept Hurst from full-time workload.
Games watched: Colorado (2016), Ohio State (2016), Iowa (2016)
Very impressive lean and lateral mobility for a player of his stature. Does well to corner and change directions with quickness in an effort to play with reactionary quickness and challenge the football. Has a good initial release off of the line of scrimmage and as a result will be a notable handful when playing through lateral contact. Has the needed length to continue to develop greater techniques attacking blockers and has flashes of excellent hand usage to stack blockers and prevent himself from conceding a clean block. Active in slants and stunts as a pass rusher and pairs initial quickness with a good amount of explosive power behind his pads to collapse the pocket if needed.
Is not a natural two gap style player, likely to be featured only as a penetration player along the defensive interior. Too often will give up space and his anchor point when taking on blocks head up at the line of scrimmage; needs to be better dropping the hips and firmly holding ground. Issues with anchor present in short yardage situations as well, an issue that can be accentuated if opposing line has a heavy handed road grader.
Would like to see additional attention paid to transitioning out of a rush counter with quickness; too often will over-commit to a rush and lose opportunities to combine hand techniques and shed a body.
Michigan Defensive Tackle Maurice Hurst has a wonderful ability to play with penetration. It’s curious that Hurst enters his Redshirt Season with the program with just four starts, as this is a player with strong ability and a notable extra gear in comparison to the 2016 starters for Michigan, Godin and Glasgow.
Hurst does have some development to showcase for scouts; most notable his anchor at the point of attack and how quickly he gets out of one pass rush move and into another. But with refinement aside, this is a player with a highly exciting level of athleticism and twitch. Maurice Hurst figures to be a prominent fixture for the Wolverines defense in 2017 and with so many new faces in the starting lineup, he should be given ample opportunity to finish splash plays.
Hurst can establish himself as a top talent with a strong 2017 season. If he sustains his quickness off the snap and continues to show more to play off of bodies, he could easily be in the conversation for the 1st round of the 2018 NFL Draft.