Defensive tackle| Michigan| Senior
Height:6-foot-2 | Weight: 292 pounds
2017: started all 13 games at defensive tackle, helping the Wolverines make the Outback Bowl; recorded 60 total tackles (25 solo) with 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks; added one forced fumble and two pass breakups; named a consensus All-American by multiple outlets; 2017 Team MVP and Defensive Player of the Year; First-Team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and media; Academic All-Big Ten honoree; Senior of the Week at Reese's Senior Bowl
Career: played in 38 games in his college career, starting 17 of them; recorded 132 total tackles (64 solo) with 33.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks; added two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery with three pass breakups and a blocked field goal; named a consensus All-American by multiple outlets as a senior; 2017 Team MVP and Defensive Player of the Year; First-Team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and media; four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree; Senior of the Week at Reese's Senior Bowl
Hurst was diagnosed with a heart condition at the combine and did not participate in any on-field drills.
Summary:Hurst progressed each season at Michigan, eventually turning into one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in the nation. There are some questions surrounding Hurst as he will need a medical re-check after a heart condition was discovered at the combine, but he was productive for the Wolverines.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote Hurst is dominant near the line of scrimmage because he "has disruptive initial quickness when ball is snapped" and the Hurst "comes off the ball low and looking to eat in the backfield." Zierlein also noted Hurst's technical skills, writing that he "flurries with his hands like a lightweight boxer."
Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has Hurst as his top defensive tackle, noting he "certainly fits the bill as a disruptive interior player with a non-stop motor and superb hand skills." Hurst was listed as the No. 3 interior defensive lineman in this draft class by NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock before and was moved to fourth after the combine. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr., had Hurst in the fourth spot in his December rankings.
Student-Athlete: Hurst was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree as he worked toward his Master's degree in management of human services/child and youth. Hurst had to have a GPA of 3.7 or higher to earn this accolade.
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