Jalen Hurts transferred from Alabama to Oklahoma in an effort to improve his NFL Draft stock. It appears as if his plan worked. Though to be a fourth or fifth-round pick a year ago, many draft analysts have him gone by the end of the second round, or maybe even an outside shot at the first round this season.
In his one season at Oklahoma Hurts helped the Sooners to a Big 12 title and playoff appearances earning him Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year, and first-team all-conference honors.
Hurts was also named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Davey O’Brien Award after ranking second to Heisman winner Joe Burrow in passing efficiency by completing 69.7 percent of his passes (237 of 340) for 3,851 yards and 32 touchdowns with eight interceptions in 14 starts. He also led the Sooners in rushing with 1,298 yards (233 carries, 5.6 per) while running for 20 touchdowns, which ranked in the top 10 nationally, and caught two passes for 25 yards (12.5 per) and a score.
- Tremendous leadership qualities
- Tough and durable allowing him to play a physical brand
- Shows poise to make plays late in games
- Shows a desire to improve and is extremely open to coaching
- Has good velocity on passes
- Athletic ability allows him to elude pocket pressure
- Can make big plays on the move
- Good accuracy on intermediate passes
- Can do multiple things, beyond just passing, on a roll out
- Able to run with power.
- Leg drive to move piles and fall forward behind his pads
- Needs to show more patience, particularly on deep routes
- Needs to improve recognition of early throw opportunities
- Doesn’t make it through progressions often
- Questionable on hitting downfield receivers in stride.
- Needs to stand in the pocket longer and step forward instead of scrambling
Thirty-fourth pick (2nd round) to the Indianapolis Colts.
Other possibilities – L.A. Chargers (#37), Pittsburgh Steelers (#49), Green Bay (#62).
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