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Name: *Hayden Hurst 
College: South Carolina     Number: 81
Height: 6-4   Weight: 250
Position: TE  Pos2:   Class/Draft Year: Jr/2018
40 Low: 4.58
  40 Time: 4.67
   40 High: 4.76

Projected Round: 2      Stock: 
Rated number 3 out of 79 TE's     47 / 2192 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6044
Weight: 250

PD3X AKA "Official"
40 Yard Dash (ET):
 4.67

40 Yard Dash (HH): 4.62
20 Yard (ET): 2.71
20 Yard (HH): 2.65
10 Yard (ET): 1.63
10 Yard (HH): 1.63
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 31 1/2
Broad Jump: 10'00"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.37
3-Cone Drill: 7.19
No Bench

Dates: 03/20/18
Hand: 09 3/4  Arm: 32 3/4
Wingspan: 76 1/2

Height: 6044
Weight: 250

40 Yard Dash (HH): 
20 Yard (HH): 
10 Yard (HH): 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 16
Vertical Jump: 32
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 

 4.83  Combine Numbers for the Rest
 Data Scout Notes: 2017: 12-07-17 - Announced Early Entry into 2018 NFL Draft…1stC...PMackey...2016: NAC...2015: NAC
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  Hayden Hurst
Tight End
South Carolina Gamecocks
6-4 250 4.83 #81
Jacksonville, Florida
The Bolles School
Born August 24, 1993


 Update

  …12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Hurst led all conference tight ends with 44 catches for 559 yards, with 31 of his receptions and 443 of his yards coming against league opponents. The junior set a career high with 93 receiving yards against Georgia, and he added a team-best 76 yards in the victory over Arkansas.

Hurst averaged 55.4 receiving yards per game in SEC play, ranking 10th in the league across all positions, and all three of his touchdowns came in conference matchups. Hurst, an older prospect (24) who announced his intentions to join the 2018 draft shortly after the regular season ended, leaves South Carolina with 100 receptions for 1,281 yards in his Gamecock career, both school records at the tight end position.


 Overview

  Due to spending 2.5 years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Hurst literally was a man amongst boys in the SEC the past three seasons, culminating with a 2017 campaign in which he earned First Team all-conference honors by leading the league with 44 catches for 559 yards and two touchdowns - not bad considering that he joined the Gamecocks as a walk-on and spent much of his freshman season in 2015 at wide receiver.

Hurst played both sports in high school but a low 90s fastball as a teenager earned him a 17th round selection in the 2012 Major League baseball draft and he opted to forgo football to join the Gulf Coast League in the hopes of one day joining the Pirates. Instead, after struggling to harness his control and the Pirates looking to move him to first base, Hurst opted to walk-on at South Carolina to play football.

Hurst's athleticism, natural receiving skills and maturity made an impression on the South Carolina coaches immediately and he saw playing time in all 12 games in his first season on campus, even starting (and catching two passes for 12 yards) against Florida. Though he signed on with the team at nearly 6-5 and 240 pounds, he initially played receiver, only switching to tight end after the first month of the season. Hurst caught eight passes for 106 yards in all in 2012 with a 46-yard reception against Texas A&M far and away his biggest play of the season.

Coaches remarked prior to the 2016 season that Hurst looked like a potential breakout player and he lived up to their hopes, earning a permanent team captain role and setting new school records for tight ends with 48 receptions for 616 yards. Hurst's production slipped slightly a year later with opponents focusing on him but league coaches recognized his impact, voting him the top tight end in the conference. Hurst opted to announce his intentions to leave South Carolina early for the NFL prior to the Outback Bowl but he played, nevertheless, finishing his abbreviated college football career with three catches for 41 yards (and two rushes for -6 yards) in the Gamecocks' 26-19 over Michigan.

BACKGROUND
Graduated from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. in 2012... played football but was also a standout on the baseball diamond... selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the 2012 baseball draft... helped the Bulldogs to a pair of state baseball titles... was a Florida All-Region first-team selection and a 2012 Rawlings second-team All-American as a righthanded pitcher with a fastball in the low 90s... pitched in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game... turned down a baseball scholarship from Florida State to sign with the Pirates. Played two seasons in the Pirates organization in the rookie Gulf Coast League, as a pitcher in 2013 and as a first baseman in 2014... underwent Tommy John surgery as an eighth grader.


 Analysis

  STRENGTHS
Looks the part of an NFL tight end with a naturally large frame, including broad shoulders, long arms and a tapered build with good overall weight distribution. Perhaps Hurst's best attribute is his smooth acceleration off the ball. He shows impressive suddenness off the snap, quickly getting into his routes and showing good burst laterally out of his breaks to create separation, as well as the breakaway speed to be a legitimate seam-buster. Despite his relatively limited experience, Hurst shows natural receiving skills, consistently catching passes with his hands extended away from his body and looking the ball all the way in. He can extend and pluck outside of his frame, showing a large catch radius that extends low to the ground as well as high above his head. Hurst is an alert and willing blocker who showed improved strength and grit in 2017 with the work ethic to realistically expect improvement with more experience. He was voted a team captain in both 2016 and 2017. -- Rob Rang 1/2/2018

WEAKNESSES
For his advanced age, Hurst remains technically raw in some of the finer points of the position, showing limited functional strength at the point of attack as an in-line blocker and too often getting knocked off his routes by physical defenders. He is bothered by defenders around him, too often losing control when the hits come as the ball arrives... Hurst was too easily bottled up in the red zone, showing just average spatial awareness of defenders around him and of the boundary lines. It is worth questioning how much he loves the sport given his late switch... Though he has no known medical issues since undergoing Tommy John surgery as an eighth grader, the seriousness of the injury and Hurst's relatively advanced age could earn him an extended look by team doctors at the Combine. -- Rob Rang 1/2/2018

COMPARES TO: Luke Willson, Seahawks - Like Hurst, the 6-5, 255 pound Willson spent his youth playing other sports (hockey and baseball) before earning a living on the gridiron. Also like Willson (a fifth round pick by Seattle in 2013), Hurst is a fluid athlete for his size with good top-end speed who catches the ball well, projecting as a quality backup early in his career with future starting potential.

IN OUR VIEW: While some teams will opt to shy away from Hurst due to his age - he will turn 25 in August - or lack of functional strength as a blocker, there is no denying his prototypical combination of size, athleticism and soft hands as a seam threat. Unlike most athletes of that age, Hurst's relative inexperience playing football could mean that he still has untapped potential, making him worthy of top 100 consideration.


 Career Notes

  A two-time team captain, Hurst finished his career with 100 catches for 1,281 yards. He had more receptions than any other tight end in school history, and finished second among tight ends in receiving yards. Following the season, he was given the Strength & Conditioning Award, the Unselfish Teammate Award for the offense, and the Tenacity Award for the offense.

 2017 Season

  Hurst, a 6-5, 250-pounder from Jacksonville, Fla., is the lone Gamecock junior to declare for the NFL draft. Considered one of the nation’s top tight ends, Hurst was named first-team All-SEC by both the Associated Press and the league’s 14 coaches. A semifinalist for both the Mackey Award and the Burlsworth Trophy, Hurst logged 44 receptions for 559 yards while scoring three touchdowns (two receiving and one rushing).

2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina,...Hurst leads all conference tight ends with 41 catches for 518 yards, with 31 of his receptions and 443 of his yards coming against league opponents.

The junior set a career high with 93 receiving yards against Georgia, and he added a team-best 76 yards in the victory over Arkansas. Hurst averaged 55.4 receiving yards per game in SEC play, ranking 10th in the league across all positions, and all three of his touchdowns came in conference matchups. A Jacksonville, Florida, native, Hurst enters the postseason with 97 receptions for 1,240 in his Gamecock career, both school records at the tight end position.

10/09/17 - Former Bills and Saints scout Ryan Hollern, writing at @ITLScoutsNotes, called South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst and Arkansas CB Henre' Toliver, both juniors, the best prospects he saw in the Gamecocks' win Saturday. - InsidetheLeague.com

07/12/17 - 2017 Preseason John Mackey Award Watchlist: Hayden Hurst, South Carolina,...Hurst, a 6-5, 250-pounder from Jacksonville, Fla., is an honors candidate after turning in a record-setting season in 2016, in which he set school records for tight ends with 48 receptions and with 616 receiving yards. Hurst was selected as a team captain in 2016, becoming the first sophomore in school history to be named a permanent team captain. He was also named the Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete Representative at the 2017 Garnet & Black spring game. - South Carolina Football


 2016 Season

  Sophomore tight end... named one of four permanent team captains... set Carolina's single-season record for catches by a tight end with 48... the previous mark was 38, set by Doug Hamrick in 1970... was the first Carolina tight end to catch 30 passes since Weslye Saunders in 2009... also broke Danny Smith's school record for receiving yards by a tight end (576 in 1987) with 616... ranked among the nation's top dozen tight ends in both receptions and yards receiving... had at least five receptions in five games and at least 80 receiving yards in four contests... logged a career-best eight catches for 68 yards against Mississippi State... caught two passes for 43 yards in the East Carolina win... came up with a season-high 36-yard reception to set up South Carolina's crucial field goal in the fourth quarter against the Pirates... led all players with seven catches for 84 yards at Kentucky, including a 30-yard reception to set up Carolina's touchdown... caught five passes for a career-high 90 yards against Texas A&M... also threw one pass on a trick play against the Aggies, finding A.J. Turner for a nine-yard reception... led all players with six catches for 86 yards in the Georgia game... also served as the Gamecocks' punt returner against Georgia, becoming the biggest punt returner in Division I football in recent memory... caught three passes for a team-high 63 yards at Florida, including a career-long 47-yarder, when he matched a Carolina single-season record for tight ends... caught one pass for 15 yards and completed one pass on a trick play, which went for 12 yards, in the Western Carolina victory... caught three passes for 26 yards and carried the ball twice for nine yards at Clemson... hauled in six passes for 86 yards in the Birmingham Bowl against USF, including his first career points... hauled in a 25-yard touchdown reception for Carolina's first score of the contest and tallied a two-point conversion to tie the game late in regulation... shared the Strength & Conditioning Award with Cory Helms as selected by the coaches... shared the Tenacity Award for the offense with Zack Bailey as selected by the players... nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll... placed on scholarship in the spring.

 2015 Season

  Former professional baseball player who played in the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization before walking on to the Carolina football team in the summer of 2015... played in all 12 games, making one start... caught eight passes for 106 yards... played at tight end and on special teams early in the season... moved to wide receiver after the UCF game... caught his first pass, a nine-yard reception, at LSU... hauled in a career-long 47-yard reception at Texas A&M... made his first career start and responded with a pair of catches for 12 yards against Florida... had two catches versus The Citadel... named to the 2015-16 First-Year SEC Honor Roll.

 High School

  Graduated from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. in 2012... played football but was also a standout on the baseball diamond... selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the 2012 baseball draft... helped the Bulldogs to a pair of state baseball titles... was a Florida All-Region first-team selection and a 2012 Rawlings second-team All-American as a righthanded pitcher with a fastball in the low 90s... pitched in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game... turned down a baseball scholarship to attend Florida State to sign with the Pirates.

 Personal

  Hayden Randle Hurst was born August 24, 1993... is a sport and entertainment management major... played two seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in the rookie Gulf Coast League, as a pitcher in 2013 and as a first baseman in 2014... underwent Tommy John surgery as an eighth grader.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
02/28/18 - 2018 NFL Combine Quotes: On TE Hayden Hurst from South Carolina and how his age affects his draft stock: "When I first started the average players' age was 23, 24 coming in and now it seems like we are evaluating guys that are 19,20 years old and they are turning 21 after we draft them. At that position, there is some longevity there. I don't think that is a major issue for him and from everything I understand about the kid, he is a great kid. Local Jacksonville kid too." - Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell
12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina,...Hurst leads all conference tight ends with 41 catches for 518 yards, with 31 of his receptions and 443 of his yards coming against league opponents. The junior set a career high with 93 receiving yards against Georgia, and he added a team-best 76 yards in the victory over Arkansas. Hurst averaged 55.4 receiving yards per game in SEC play, ranking 10th in the league across all positions, and all three of his touchdowns came in conference matchups. A Jacksonville, Florida, native, Hurst enters the postseason with 97 receptions for 1,240 in his Gamecock career, both school records at the tight end position. - South Carolina Football
10/09/17 - Former Bills and Saints scout Ryan Hollern, writing at @ITLScoutsNotes, called South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst and Arkansas CB Henre' Toliver, both juniors, the best prospects he saw in the Gamecocks' win Saturday. - InsidetheLeague.com
07/12/17 - 2017 Preseason John Mackey Award Watchlist: Hayden Hurst, South Carolina,...Hurst, a 6-5, 250-pounder from Jacksonville, Fla., is an honors candidate after turning in a record-setting season in 2016, in which he set school records for tight ends with 48 receptions and with 616 receiving yards. Hurst was selected as a team captain in 2016, becoming the first sophomore in school history to be named a permanent team captain. He was also named the Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete Representative at the 2017 Garnet & Black spring game. - South Carolina Football

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