According to many observers, Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst has immense talent.
Hurst is going into the 2018 NFL Draft after four years in Ann Arbor. At one point, he was considered to be a first-round pick. ESPN’s Todd McShay, however, offered a perspective on Hurst that is much different than what a first-round grade would suggest.
“It’s a risk-reward issue,” McShay reportedly wrote Monday, “but he could fall into Day 3.”
The risk has nothing to do with talent.
It has to do with health concerns.
Prior to the NFL scouting combine, Hurst had an irregular electrocardiogram, which measures the heart’s electrical activity, and was forced to skip his workout. This raised eyebrows.
Prior to Michigan’s pro day on March 23, however, Hurst sought second and third opinions. In both instances, he was cleared medically.
“Because of the nature of his heart condition, several teams have taken him off their board,” McShay wrote.
Hurst believes his status is pretty clear-cut.
“I think they’ll view me exactly as the same before,” Hurst said. “If you’re cleared, you’re cleared. My film speaks for itself. And stats and numbers, and all that stuff. Just getting to talk to ball [at the combine], that’s the most important. Not how fast you can run or [high] you can jump.”
The 2018 NFL Draft runs Thursday through Saturday this week. The first round will take place on Thursday, while Rounds 2 and 3 will be on Friday. If McShay’s thought that Hurst could fall mightily, the 6-foot-2, 269-pound former Wolverines lineman may not hear his name called until Saturday.
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