Data Scout Notes: 2018: Heart Condition Found/Testing at NFL Combine...2017: 1stC...PBednarik...2016: NAC...2015: NAC/NAM
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Maurice Hurst Michigan Wolverines Defensive Tackle 6-2, 288, 4.93, #73 Westwood, Mass Xaverian Brothers 5/9/95
12/16/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Maurice Hurst, Michigan,...Hurst, Gary and Winovich were three of Michigan's seven defensive players to record 50 tackles or more, an extraordinary achievement for three defensive linemen. Each set a career high in tackles (Winovich, 74; Gary, 62; Hurst, 59), tackles for loss (TFL) and sacks, and were the collective motor behind a defensive unit that leads the Big Ten in four defensive categories and ranks top-three in six other categories despite replacing 10 of 11 starters currently on NFL teams. Hurst's 13.5 TFL rank sixth in the conference and bring him to 33.5 for his career, which lists 17th all-time at U-M, and that figure includes 5.0 sacks this fall.
Hurst: Consensus All-American (first team, Associated Press and Sporting News; second team, American Football Coaches Association [AFCA], Walter Camp and Football Writers Association of America [FWAA] - 2017)
A one-year starter at Michigan, Hurst played significant snaps as an underclassman understudy, but didn’t get his chance to shine as a full-time starter until his senior campaign. He was used all over the defensive line, mostly as a nose tackle in Don Brown’s blitz-heavy, attacking front-seven, utilizing his initial quickness to knife through gaps or overwhelm blockers with his burst of momentum.
Hurst’s quick reflexes show at the snap, but he needs to improve his counter moves and introduce more discipline mid-rush to not overrun his assignments. His lack of ideal size and length might not be considered a “fit” for every scheme, but he has the frame to add functional mass and certainly doesn’t play like a small player on tape.
BACKGROUND A three-star defensive tackle recruit out of high school, Maurice “Mo” Hurst Jr. was destined to play professional football as the son of former New England Patriots cornerback Maurice Hurst and a Patriots’ cheerleader (Nicole Page). Despite his pro career ending (due to injury) around the time when Maurice Jr. was born, Maurice Sr. has never been a significant part of his son’s life aside from infrequent conversations. Hurst grew up with his mother, who sacrificed to send him to private schools, including Xaverian Brothers, where he developed into one of the top recruits in the state. He attracted attention from Ohio State, Michigan State and others before accepting a scholarship to Michigan – he liked the look of the “winged helmet” when playing the Wolverines on NCAA Football video game.
After redshirting in 2013 and playing sparingly in 2014, Hurst worked his way into the rotation as a sophomore (four starts), recording 35 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. He again served as a part-time starter as a junior with 32 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Hurst became a full-time starter as a senior and played like an All-American, finishing with 59 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and one forced fumble. He earned First Team All-Big Ten honors and received the Bo Schembechler Team MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards.
STRENGTHS Surges off the snap with explosive get-off and power. Routinely the first defender to move off the snap. Body control and hip flexibility to sidestep, swim and penetrate without losing speed. Easy redirection skills for a man his size. Broad shoulders and upper body thickness. Raw strength to tear through the shoulder of blockers. Shock in his hands with the placement to control the point of attack. Doesn’t have an “off” hand. Punishing tackler. Backfield instincts to quickly find and force his way to the football. Well-versed with multiple defensive line techniques. Two career blocked kicks. Competes with a chip – doesn’t have a relationship with his father, but wears No. 73 because his father wore No. 37. Works hard to create and maintain a strong bond with his teammates. Four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and graduated with a degree in sport management. – Dane Brugler 12/30/2017
WEAKNESSES Lacks ideal bulk for an interior player, especially in his lower body. Only average length. Base tends to narrow in the run game. Comes off the ball with low pad level, but plays taller as the rep continues. Relies on initial movements to win the rep and needs to develop his countermeasures. Times up the snap well, but also guilty of his share of offsides penalties. Finds himself too far upfield at times, selling out for the sack. Only one season as a full-time starter. – Dane Brugler 12/30/2017
COMPARES TO: Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Like Sapp, Hurst doesn’t have the size or girth that stands out, but once the tape rolls, the initial quickness to attack gaps and flood the pocket. Sapp built a hall of fame career with that first step burst and Hurst’s quick momentum off the snap is what makes him a handful for blockers.
IN OUR VIEW: The top-rated senior interior defensive line prospect in the 2018 class, Hurst has the initial surge of quickness and power to break the rhythm of the blockers. His ball recognition and competitive hunger are also NFL-ready traits, making him ideally-suited as one-gapping defensive tackle in an aggressive scheme.
Consensus All-American (first team, Associated Press and Sporting News; second team, American Football Coaches Association [AFCA], Walter Camp and Football Writers Association of America [FWAA] - 2017)
…Recognized as a Midseason All-American by the Associated Press…Consensus All-Big Ten first team by the coaches and media…Named first team All-Big Ten by the Associated Press…Recipient of the Bo Schembechler Team MVP award and Defensive Player of the Year award
Pro Football Focus College All-American and All-Big Ten honoree, with the highest grade of any individual player at any position in the country (96.9 on a 100-point scale)…Named Reese's Senior Bowl Senior of the Week after his performance against Maryland…Pro Football Focus College National Team of the Week honoree after the games against Michigan State, Indiana, Rutgers and Wisconsin…Pro Football Focus College Big Ten Team of the Week honoree after games against Cincinnati, Air Force, Purdue, Michigan State, Indiana, Rutgers, Maryland, Wisconsin and Ohio State…Named Defensive Lineman of the Game for his performances against Cincinnati, Indiana, Rutgers and Minnesota and Defensive Player of the Game after Rutgers
…Shared co-Defensive Lineman of the Game honors with teammates Chase Winovich and Rashan Gary after the Maryland game…Shared Big Hit of the Week honors with teammates Rashan Gary and Josh Uche after the win against Maryland…Made his second career start against Florida at the Advocare Classic (Sept. 2), making four tackles with one tackle for loss and contributed on special teams
…Registered one quarterback hurry and three assisted tackles against Cincinnati (Sept. 9) and contributed on special teams…Made four tackles and added one quarterback hurry against Air Force (Sept. 16) and contributed on special teams…Made four tackles, including one for loss, and forced a fumble against Purdue (Sept. 23) …Set career highs in tackles (10), solo tackles (six) and tackles for loss (3.5) against Michigan State (Oct. 7)…Contributed seven stops, 1.5 tackles for loss and half a sack at Indiana (Oct. 14), also blocking…
Made one solo stop, a sack, at Penn State (Oct. 21)…Contributed eight tackles, with two solo stops, including two tackles for loss and one sack against Rutgers (Oct. 28)…Made one tackle, with one sack and one tackles for loss against Minnesota (Nov.4)…Recorded nine tackles with five solo stops at Maryland (Nov. 11), including two tackles for loss and a sack…Credited for six assisted tackles at Wisconsin (Nov. 18), with half a sack and one tackle for loss…Totaled three tackles against Ohio State (Nov. 25)
Pro Football Focus College Big Ten Team of the Week honoree against Penn State (Sept. 24) ... Was the team's Defensive Lineman of the Game against Penn State (Sept. 24) . Played in 12 contests ... Posted 34 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one pass breakup, one fumble recovery and forced one fumble ... Missed the opener against Hawaii (Sept. 3) due to injury ... Recorded three tackles and had a fumble recovery against UCF (Sept. 10) ... Tallied a sack and two stops against Colorado (Sept. 17) ... Recorded seven tackles, three TFLs and one sack against Penn State (Sept. 24) to be named Defensive Lineman of the Game ... Contributed two stops vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 1)
... Posted four tackles and 1.5 TFLs at Rutgers (Oct. 8) ... Made one tackle for loss for 13 yards against Illinois (Oct. 22) ... Made a stop vs. Michigan State (Oct. 29) ... Made three solo stops, including two TFL with three quarterback hurries against Maryland (Nov. 5) ... Tallied five tackles against Iowa (Nov. 12) ... Made three tackles and one for loss with half a sack against Indiana (Nov. 19) ... Assisted on a sack and battled down one pass attempt at Ohio State (Nov. 26) ... Recorded three tackles, two TFLs, one sack and first career forced fumble vs. Florida State in the orange Bowl (Dec. 30).
Appeared in 13 games on defensive line, making four starts ... at Utah (Sept. 3): Made one tackle ... UNLV (Sept. 19): Tallied a career-best four tackles, including a sack ... BYU (Sept. 26): Recorded two tackles, including a sack, as well as a QB hurry . .. at Maryland (Oct. 3): Tied a career-high with four tackles; made a career-best two tackles for loss; recorded one sack ... Northwestern (Oct. 10): Recorded a quarterback hurry ... Michigan State (Oct. 17): Made three tackles ... at Minnesota (Oct. 31): Tallied three tackles and a sack for a loss of three yards... at Indiana (Nov. 14): Recorded seven tackles, including half a tackle for loss ... at Penn State (Nov. 21): Had four tackles, including half a tackle for loss ... Ohio State (Nov. 28): Recorded two tackles ... Florida (Jan. 1): Notched three tackles.
Academic All-Big Ten... Earned first varsity letter... Has appeared in seven games... Recorded three tackles and one TFL... at Rutgers (Oct. 4): Blocked extra point attempt... Minnesota (Sept. 27): Posted one tackle... at Notre Dame (Sept. 6): Recorded first career TFL... Appalachian State (Aug. 30): Made collegiate debut.
Did not see game action.
Attended Xaverian Brothers High School (2013) coached by Charles Stevenson... Tallied 61 tackles, 13.5 for a loss, with nine sacks and four forced fumbles as a junior... Selected to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association All-State Team twice (2011-12).
Maurice Roy Hurst Jr. was born on May 9, 1995... Son of former New England Patriot Maurice Hurst... Enrolled in the the School of Kinesiology, major undeclared.
Draft Scout Player News
03/03/18 - Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst was considered a first-round pick and potential riser entering the NFL Scouting Combine. But instead of working out for NFL teams this weekend, he is headed home. On Friday during the medical portion of the Combine, Hurst was red-flagged due to a serious heart condition. According to one source, the diagnosis isn't simply a precaution, it is a "very" serious issue that is potentially life-threatening. Hurst played 38 straight games to finish his career in Ann Arbor, and durability wasn't expected to be a hurdle with his draft evaluation. It is unclear if Hurst had any prior knowledge of a potentially serious issue. Prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was held out of Combine drills after the medical evaluation discovered a heart condition. However, he was cleared prior to the draft and was selected 14th overall by the Carolina Panthers. Hurst is expected to receive multiple opinions in the next month to gain a better understanding of the long-term prognosis. - The Sports Xchange
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Prospects Who Need to Measure Up: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan...After pulling out late from the Senior Bowl, scouts don't have updated measurements for Hurst, who is the draft's top three-technique prospect. Listed at 280 pounds by Michigan, scouts are hoping he comes in closer to 290 at the Combine. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/16/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Maurice Hurst, Michigan,...Hurst, Gary and Winovich were three of Michigan's seven defensive players to record 50 tackles or more, an extraordinary achievement for three defensive linemen. Each set a career high in tackles (Winovich, 74; Gary, 62; Hurst, 59), tackles for loss (TFL) and sacks, and were the collective motor behind a defensive unit that leads the Big Ten in four defensive categories and ranks top-three in six other categories despite replacing 10 of 11 starters currently on NFL teams. Hurst's 13.5 TFL rank sixth in the conference and bring him to 33.5 for his career, which lists 17th all-time at U-M, and that figure includes 5.0 sacks this fall. - Michigan Football
10/23/17 - "Good explosion and good short area quickness" are positives for Michigan DT Maurice Hurst, according to ex-Rams scout Danton Barto writing at @ITLScoutsNotes. On the other hand, Hurst's "lack of length (showed up)" against Penn State Saturday. - InsidetheLeague.com
09/11/17 - DT Maurice Hurst is thriving in the trenches and has eight tackles through the first two games. The senior was a valuable reserve in the past and now is thriving as the line's leader and his veteran savvy will be crucial against Air Force's triple-option attack. Hurst, who has eight career sacks, hasn't reached the quarterback yet this season.