It’s not all fun and games being an intergalactic agent. You make quite a few enemies when you threaten the entire existence of everyone on the planet.
And sometimes – you even get caught and have to accept whatever the local punishment is for your crimes…
Like that pesky Sarlacc Pit…
OUCH!!! (turning to an alien poking him in the back with a spear) Okay already…I’m moving…I’m moving!
Having to jump into the Sarlacc Pit is one of those uncomfortable realities you have to accept – kind of like when the Dolphins released Ndamukong Suh. Having to look at defensive tackles in this draft is sort of like rotting in a belly for 100 years for some of us. But we have to accept it.
So let’s take a look at Maurice Hurst:
The Positives: So offense you want to snap the ball and run your play…well Hurst is going to be in the backfield before you know it, so look out. Hurst is a penetrator and was one of the most disruptive forces in college football in 2017. That’s his game – once the ball is snapped Hurst demonstrates the type of initial quickness to get in the backfield to kill the play before it gets started.
In three years at Michigan, Hurst gathered 13.5 sacks including 5 and 5.5 over the last tow years. He also had 32 tackles for a loss in his career surpassing 10 in each of the last tow years.
Hurst is very good against the run and against the pass. He gets immediate penetration right up the middle. That’s the kind of pressure a team can use against a team like the Patriots.
The Negatives: Far be it from this stringbean alien to call some one that is 280 pounds light, but that is undersized for an NFL defensive tackle. Because he is undersized, Hurst is one of the few prospects scouts appear to universally agree about. Almost everyone says he’s a 3 technique defensive tackle in an NFL 4-3. Hurst did some play some nose tackle at Michigan and occasionally he was overpowered, so most people don’t project he will hold up very well in the NFL at NT.
Hurst was excused from the NFL Combine with a medical red flag. Its a heart condition that cam up during his freshman year at Michigan, so its not a surprise to Hurst, but it might hurt his stock. Hurst has since been cleared to play in the NFL and recently had a very good performance at Michigan’s pro day.
His favorite team growing up was the Patriots – so yuk.
The Alien Dust: That heart condition might be a blessing in disguise for a team like the Dolphins. You might recall a heart condition caused Star Lotulelei to drop a few years ago in the draft. Lotulelei has had a pretty good NFL career so far despite the draft day drop. Lotulelei was a more highly coveted prospect that Hurst is. So I wonder, will this projected first rounder drop into the 2nd round? If he does – he’s a steal in the 2nd round.
I mentioned his favorite team was the Patriots. That’s because his mom was a Patriots cheerleader. His father, who he has never met, was a defensive back for the Patriots who wore the number 37. That’s why Hurst wears the number 73, the inverse of 37. Doesn’t sound like a great relationship there.
Maurice Hurst is this year draft’s version of The Sarlacc Pitt
You can watch his highlights here