Hurts' running ability alone will help him garner plenty of interest from NFL teams
Jalen Hurts' collegiate journey alone makes him one of the more intriguing prospects in the entire 2020 NFL Draft. Between Alabama and Oklahoma, all Hurts did was go 38-4 as a starter for two of the nation's most high-profile teams. A productive dual-threat signal-caller, Hurts' running ability alone will help boost his draft stock, especially in the aftermath of Lamar Jackson's record-setting MVP campaign. However, it's the questions about Hurts' skills as a passer, which will ultimately determine where he's taken in this draft.
Jalen Hurts Draft Profile
Hurts is built like a running back and is capable of taking on more of a running load than most QBs. He has a big arm and showed good touch throwing over the top, giving a big-play element to complement the run-heavy offense he ran at Alabama. He’s progressing as a passer, improving under Lincoln Riley in an offense that has produced the last two No. 1 overall picks. He has the arm talent to fit in tight-window throws, as well as the ability to launch the deep ball off-platform.
He’s still very much a work in progress operating from the pocket and dissecting the moving bodies in the middle of the field, which affects his accuracy and ball placement at the short and intermediate levels. Those shortcomings were on display against LSU in the playoff loss, when the throwing windows weren’t nearly as large as they were during Big 12 play.
The traits are interesting, and a run-heavy offense could be drawn to Hurts as a developmental project with upside. But he arrives with major concerns about his accuracy.
Final Grade: 3rd/4th round