4 Dec 2020

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QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma

HT: 6’1″
WT: 222 lbs
Hand: 9-3/4″
Arm: 31-3/4″
Wing: 77-5/8″
DOB: 8/7/1998
Year: Senior
High School: Channelview (Houston, TX)
Accolades: Senior Bowl. 2019 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, 2019 Heisman Runner-Up. 2019 2nd Team All-American, 1st Team All-Big 12.  2016 All-Freshman Team.

40: 4.59
Vert: 35
Broad: 125

Jalen Hurts scouting report

Arm Talent: Not a big-armed prospect, but Jalen Hurts shows ample arm strength and talent. He has the ability to control the velocity on the ball without sacrificing his timing or accuracy. Throws well from multiple platforms and angles. Hurts has a solid release. Not a gunslinger by any stretch of the imagination, but his arm talent will get him somewhere in the NFL. 15/20. 

Accuracy/Placement: Not the most accurate passer in this class, Hurts shows potential to make good throws in the NFL. He’s not going to hit through windows, as his accuracy is more box-accuracy rather than pinpoint. NFL teams know that they have something to work with. His placement is usually good. He knows when to dial up the bullet throw and when to touch-lob it. Consistency is the key, and that’s something that Jalen will need to hone. 16/25.

Positional Fundamentals

Pocket Presence/Footwork: Flashes the potential to be very good from the pocket. Moves well when he recognizes pressure. Doesn’t have a natural ability to feel pressure from the pocket, and has gotten blown up for it. Shows potential with his footwork, although it is very raw. I would like to see him clean up some of that during the pre-draft process. Places the back-shoulder throw very well, gives his receiver complete control over the ball. 13/20. 

Mobility/Play Creation: Jalen Hurts is extremely mobile and very skilled. Extends plays with natural, God-given ability. Often times, he was used as a running threat in the Sooners offense. Throws very well on the move and from improper plants. Ball security might be an issue with him, as he did fumble a lot during his time as an Oklahoma Sooner. Navigates through traffic very well and his incredible athleticism creates opportunities when the play breaks down. His ability to make people miss is ridiculous. 18/20. 

Mental Aspect

Football IQ/Field Vision: He flashes the ability to get through his reads and work his way through progressions to the check-down. He has a nasty habit of sometimes staring down his receivers. Because of his ability to create, Hurts has incredible field vision. Oftentimes keeps his eyes downfield while moving for opportunities downfield. Sometimes will try to force the ball into impossible situations while creating. 10/15. 

Leadership/Personality: There are not many people on this planet that have faced as much adversity. Jalen Hurts is the epitome of a great leader, an extraordinary teammate, and the person that NFL teams will want to have in their locker rooms to change cultures. This alone is a good reason why an NFL team will keep him around on their roster. Accepted being benched at Alabama during a National Championship game, he swallowed his pride and dealt with it. Came back later that season to lead Alabama to a come from behind win in the SEC Championship. Hardest of workers, constantly striving to improve and be a better football player. Incredibly tough player. 5/5.

Overall: Jalen Hurts will receive a lot of pre-draft hate for not being the traditional quarterback, and people will try to talk him down throughout the process. However, his skill set is remarkably similar to two current NFL quarterbacks: Cam Newton and Dak Prescott. I do believe that Hurts can successfully transition to NFL ranks and that the NFL will like what he brings to the locker room. As a result, his tape shows me day-two potential, but I think Jalen will surprise a lot of people and be a possible late round-one pick. Look for a team to trade into the end of the first round and secure him with a selection. Hurts is a long term back-up at the very worst.

Injury Rating: (+2)
Ceiling Rating: (+5)
Overall Grade: 84

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