Maurice Hurst Jr. is one of the best defensive tackles available in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. However, the former Michigan standout is starting to be removed from draft boards by several NFL teams, according to ESPN NFL Draft insider Todd McShay.
In an ESPN article released on Monday, McShay wrote that teams are taking a step back on Hurst because of the irregular electrocardiogram that forced him to miss the NFL Combine. Although he was eventually cleared to play by doctors at both the University of Michigan and Harvard University, and he participated in Michigan’s pro day, Hurst’s heart condition is a red flag for NFL teams.
McShay wrote that Hurst — who was previously projected to be a first-round pick — may even fall to Day 3 of the NFL Draft. This means that Hurst would not be taken before the fourth round.
“Because of the nature of his heart condition, several teams have taken him off their board,” McShay wrote. “It’s a risk-reward issue, but he could fall into Day 3.”
However, while the heart condition may be a concern for NFL teams, Hurst’s talent on the football field can’t be denied. All it takes is for one team to think he’s the right guy for its system.
Sure, Hurst may not be drafted as high as previously expected, but there is still a strong chance that the 2017 All-American and All-Big Ten tackle will be drafted high in the draft.
In 13 games last season for Michigan, Hurst recorded 59 total tackles (27 solo), 13.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble.
The 2018 NFL Draft will begin on Thursday and will last through Saturday.