The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Jalen Hurts 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Size: 6-foot-1, 222 pounds
2019 stats: 3,851 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, eight interceptions, 69.7 percent completion, 1,298 rushing yards, 20 rushing touchdowns
After one of the more unique college football careers in history, Jalen Hurts is now heading to the NFL. He has gone from Tuscaloosa to Norman as he waits to find out where his new team will be from.
He started off his career at Alabama, where he started as a freshman. Hurts passed for 2,780 yards, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 62.8 percent completion. He also rushed for 954 yards and 13 touchdowns, while leading the team to a 14-1 record, which included a loss to Clemson in the National Championship Game. His sophomore season saw him throw for 2,081 yards, 17 touchdowns and one interception. He added 855 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Even though he was 13-0 as a starter, he was pulled in the National Championship Game in favor of Tua Tagovailoa. He spent the next season as Tagovailoa’s backup, but did get a chance to help Alabama in the SEC Championship Game when his number was called. After his junior season, he transferred to Oklahoma. In his last season of collegiate football, he passed for 3,851 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 69.7 percent completion. Hurts ran for 1,298 yards and 20 touchdowns as well. Oklahoma made the College Football Playoff, but lost in the opening round to LSU.
Hurts had an illustrious college career and is now prepping for the NFL Draft. He will not be one of the first few quarterbacks picked, but he likely will be off the board before the end of the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Hurts is mostly known for being a good athlete. He can elude pressure in the pocket and extend plays with his legs, while keeping his eyes downfield. When it is necessary, he can take off and run and pick up a lot of yardage. He isn’t a Lamar Jackson level scrambler, but he is a better athlete than most other NFL quarterbacks.
One of the benefits of his college career was playing at two elite programs. He played in a lot of offenses, so he should be able to adapt well to an NFL offense. Hurts was also able to show that he was a great leader and that he can win. He finished his college career with a 38-4 record. His unique experience is a huge benefit for his draft stock.
His accuracy is solid to all three levels of the field. He completed more than 60 percent of his passes in each of his seasons in college. While this may not have been too impressive in his first two years in college, his yards per attempt increased drastically the last two years, showing his improved accuracy to deeper parts of the field.
Hurts isn’t the prototypical size for an NFL quarterback. He is just 6-foot-1, so he may not be able to see over his offensive linemen. This has become less of an issue, as teams are more willing to accept quarterbacks who aren’t above 6-foot-2.
His arm strength also leaves a lot to be desired. He can make a lot of NFL throws, but he can’t get a ton of zip on his passes. His passes can hang in the air, which means that defenders have more time to react to the football. Hurts would be best used in an offense that utilizes short, quick passes.
At times, Hurts can have trouble making progressions and reading defenses. If his first receiver isn’t open, a lot of times the play won’t go well. He also turns the ball over when this is the case, as he loses sight of linebackers and safeties too often. Starting him from day one would not be a good idea, as he needs time to develop the ability to read defenses.
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