Number: #73 | Hometown: Westwood, MA | HT: 6020 | WT: 292 | HAND: 0948 | ARM: 3200
This player was widely considered DL1 in this year’s draft class and for good reason until an EKG test taken at the combine showed irregularities and prevented him from working out in Indianapolis. “It was an irregular EKG. Same thing [happened] at Michigan,” Hurst said on NFL Network, via the Detroit News. The 2017 Michigan team MVP put on a dominant performance throughout the season, solidifying his draft stock as a first-round pick. He possesses great initial quickness off the line of scrimmage and leverage that makes blocking him a nightmare. It’s his burst that has allowed him to disrupt plays in the backfield so often. He is usually too quick for a trapping guard to engage him and has used his leverage to push his man so far back, he actually takes out the pulling lineman as well. He’s violent with his hands when engaged and utilizes an efficient rip to get skinny to the ground and shed blockers. Relies on his bull rush quite often, so he will need to continue to fine-tune his repertoire. At times, he would try going to a spin move but was too slow developing and just allowed the lineman to attack his backside. He also needs to avid dropping his head and improve on his awareness; getting his hands up to block throwing lanes. It seems most of his strength comes from his initial burst, so when a larger lineman squares him up he struggles to fight through it. He’ll likely flourish better in a 4-3 base system, where he isn’t asked to eat up blockers. Will remind you of Grady Jarrett (Falcons)—slightly undersized for the interior but uses quickness to disrupt the offense. His ability to reset the line of scrimmage was truly impressive and if paired with another interior stud, he’ll be a headache at the next level as well, pending his medical status.
At Michigan: 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) … Recipient of the 2017 Bo Schembechler Team MVP award and Defensive Player of the Year award … Four-year letterman (2014-15-16-17) … Consensus first team All-Big Ten honoree by the coaches and media (2017) … First team All-Big Ten selection by the Associated Press (2017) … Has appeared in 46 games along the defensive line with 17 starts at defensive tackle … Contributed 134 tackles, 33.0 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two pass breakups, and one blocked field goal … Four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2014-15-16-17) … Earned U-M Athletic Academic Achievement honors all three eligible seasons (2014, ’15, ’16) … Named to the watch list for the 2015 and 2017 Chuck Bednarik Awards.
Fifth-Year Senior (2017): 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).
Senior (2016): Played in 12 contests to earn his third varsity letter … Posted 34 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one pass breakup, one fumble recovery and forced one fumble.
Junior (2015): Academic All-Big Ten honoree … Appeared in 13 games on defensive line, making four starts, to earn his second varsity letter.
Sophomore (2014): Academic All-Big Ten honoree … Has appeared in seven games to earn his first varsity letter … Recorded three tackles and one TFL.
High School: Attended Xaverian Brothers High School (2013) coached by Charles Stevenson.
Honors and Rankings: Selected to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association All-State Team twice (2011-12)
Personal: Maurice Roy Hurst Jr. was born on May 9, 1995 … Son of former New England Patriot Maurice Hurst … Graduated with a degree in sport management from the School of Kinesiology … Currently pursuing his master’s degree from the School of Social Work in Management of Human Services, with a focus on Child/Youth Services.