Greg Mattison, Michigan’s defensive line coach, does not think NFL teams need to worry about the heart issue that surfaced for Maurice Hurst at the 2018 NFL Combine. Instead, Mattison thinks any team that drafts the ex-Wolverines standout will be “lucky.”
“They said, ‘What’s the word? What’s the deal with [Hurst’s heart issue]?’ and they all know because I was in the NFL that I know what that is,” Mattison told the Detroit News. “I said, ‘Whoever gets him, will be a lucky team.’ You’re gonna see a guy that in the NFL will be so explosive and so fast. I’m being honest.”
Hurst had to sit out the combine with the issue, but he was cleared and allowed to participate in Michigan’s pro day last month. Hurst also had an irregular EKG at Michigan and was cleared to play. He put up monster numbers as a senior, posting 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks while earning consensus All-American status.
Hurst is a potential first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was projected as the No. 19 overall pick to the Cowboys in the latest Land of 10 mock draft, while CBS Sports had him going 17th overall to the Rams.
Mattison, who has been in coaching since 1971, thinks teams would regret passing on Hurst.