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Dynasty: Jalen Hurd Baylor 6’4”, 229lb WR(Former Vols 240lb RB)

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2 hours ago, bennettjd13 said:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFs9lleRbyY

I say yes, I like the way he runs. Love watching RBs who attack defenders with their pads down, and he has the size to pull that running style off in the NFL. And according to nfldraftscout.com, he ran a 40 below 4.5, which is faster than what he looks like on tape.

Definitely a guy worth watching and should be at least a mid-round pick with potential to go higher. Would probably get more press if he wasn't in the same class as Fournette, Chubb, Cook, etc. The 40-time is going to be a big key IMO because his speed is kind of hard to judge. If he really is a legit 4.4 to 4.5 back, then he's probably right in the mix as one of the top few backs despite the loaded draft class. I don't like that he's been a sub-5.0 YPC guy both years in college, but that TN line probably has a lot to do with that. 

Here's a link to him vs. UF:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=modgPB0vZvM

Like his pass blocking and he does a nice job on short yardage. Load to bring down. But there seem to be some plays where he doesn't have the juice to be able to get outside that maybe some other backs might have.

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Right or wrong, I wouldn't be surprised if Derrick Henry's rookie season impacts the public perception of Hurd. With 6'4" 240 size Henry may become the measuring stick for Hurd. 

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I know this kid and his parents,  personally.  High character. 

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Interesting guy, but I think he needs to put on more weight to be successful in the NFL. He's got OK power at the college level, but isn't dominant against smaller guys strength-wise. I'd believe that he's a low 4.5's, maybe even high 4.4's runner watching him, but a guy that big is going to get hit a lot and he needs to be the one delivering the punishment instead of just absorbing it. He's got noticeably thin arms & legs (relative, of course, this is a huge man we're talking about) and seems built like an up-sized Christian McCaffrey rather than a Derrick Henry or Brandon Jacobs.

Actually, after going back to watch some college video of the only other notable tall RB I could think of, he reminds me a lot of Eddie George. That's none too shabby for a prospect, but I was kind of shocked that Eddie George's career YPC avg is 3.6 and he only cracked 4.0 twice over nine seasons. In an NFL where they'd give a back like that 300-400 attempts that wouldn't worry me as much, but in today's NFL I think that sends you to the bench much more quickly. 

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What I noticed about his clips, is that he often times had to elude defenders in the backfield due to poor O-line (presumably).  Would love to see well he could do if he actually had blocking.  Will be keeping my eye on him for sure.  He doesn't look like a sub 4.5 guy from those clips, however.  Again, he was getting hit/thrown off balance very early in a lot of those runs.  Maybe when he gets going he can turn it on?

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I think he'll be drafted, but I don't know how high. I would guess middle rounds, with a range of maybe the 2nd-5th depending on how he performs next season and how well he tests in his workouts. He has some agility and foot quickness for a taller back, but doesn't really seem powerful or explosive. I would be a little bit concerned about the low YPC.

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11 hours ago, bennettjd13 said:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFs9lleRbyY

I say yes, I like the way he runs. Love watching RBs who attack defenders with their pads down, and he has the size to pull that running style off in the NFL. And according to nfldraftscout.com, he ran a 40 below 4.5, which is faster than what he looks like on tape.

Those are estimates.

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The UT line has had issues but started getting better last season. They've got a couple holes still to fill from graduations of starters but gained alot of experience last season. Hurd & Kamara swap out quite a bit & with a running QB in Dobbs, Hurd is primed for an impressive season. As a Vols fan, I'm certainly hoping so

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Interesting...anyone out there following Hurd still?  Seeing some speculation that he may enter the NFL Supplemental Draft.

He's visiting schools like Cal, Louisville, Ohio State and most recently Baylor for this season though, but he'd have to sit out a year and play in 2018.  That's why the Supp Draft speculation and he seems to be in no hurry to choose a school, leaving some to believe the Supplemental Draft is his best option.

Any devy prospects still out there for Hurd?

 

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1 hour ago, Cleat Spike said:

Interesting...anyone out there following Hurd still?  Seeing some speculation that he may enter the NFL Supplemental Draft.

He's visiting schools like Cal, Louisville, Ohio State and most recently Baylor for this season though, but he'd have to sit out a year and play in 2018.  That's why the Supp Draft speculation and he seems to be in no hurry to choose a school, leaving some to believe the Supplemental Draft is his best option.

Any devy prospects still out there for Hurd?

 

Tip of the hat to Cleat Spike for highlighting this one:

Report: Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd could enter supplemental draft

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18 for '18: College football's most freakish athletes

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Jalen Hurd - WR

School: Baylor 

The last we heard from Hurd, he left Butch Jones' crumbling program in the midst of the 2016 season and enrolled at Baylor, where he sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules. Let's catch you up: He's gone from one of the SEC's top running backs, at 6-4 and 240 pounds, to a 229-pound wide receiver at Baylor. That transition alone, at his size, requires rare athletic skills. Hurd can run the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds with eye-popping explosiveness (10-10 broad jump). He's also been clocked at less than 4 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle, something only three players at this year's NFL combine accomplished.

 

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Seemed really weird at the time since he was a solid RB prospect, but if injuries were piling up it makes some sense. Also, he'll only be 23 at next year's draft, so younger than some other prospects. 

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ESPN's Jake Trotter reports that Baylor redshirt senior WR Jalen Hurd underwent knee surgery on Tuesday.

Per Trotter, Hurd is not expected to be healthy enough to participate in Texas Bowl action against Vanderbilt at the end of the month. For all intents and purposes, this knee procedure will close out his collegiate career. After transitioning to receiver from running back following his transfer from Tennessee, Hurd came out to post a sharp 69-946-4 receiving line across 12 games played for the 2018 campaign. We'll keep tabs on his recovery off surgery as he heads into the draft process upcoming. Assuming he is healthy enough to test out come the combine, we could see monster athletic numbers from the wideout. Over the summer, Bleacher Report passed along from Baylor's coaching staff that Hurd was capable of posting marks including a 40-inch vertical, a 4.40-second 40-yard dash and a scintillating time of 3.8-3.9 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle. We cannot wait to see how his evaluating process plays out, as there is a ton of upside, here.

Source: Jake Trotter on Twitter 

Dec 4 - 1:46 PM

 

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On 7/23/2018 at 1:55 PM, steelers1080 said:

Seemed really weird at the time since he was a solid RB prospect, but if injuries were piling up it makes some sense. Also, he'll only be 23 at next year's draft, so younger than some other prospects. 

 

It actually makes a lot of sense from a business aspect if he can pull it off.  WRs have longer careers on average and get paid better.

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Baylor WR Jalen Hurd (knee) will not participate in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

While Hurd did weigh in down in Mobile -- he measured 6-foot-4, 227 pounds, with 10 1/8-inch hands -- and is doing interviews with interested NFL teams on Tuesday, he will be sidelined for Saturday's game proper due to his ongoing recovery from a knee surgery which he underwent on Dec. 4. We would love to get a glimpse at Hurd in this setting, but even sitting out the game, he is getting important work done with those interviews, as they give him an opportunity to speak honestly about his departure from Tennessee to Baylor as well as his transition from running back to receiver. We'll have to wait and see whether the talented athlete will be able to participate in NFL Scouting Combine drills to any serious degree next month.

Source: Jessica Morrey on Twitter 

Jan 22 - 11:42 AM

 

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Jalen Hurd - WR -  Bears

The Draft Network's Brad Kelly mocked Baylor WR Jalen Hurd to Round 5.

Hurd (6'4/227) transitioned to wide receiver at Baylor after playing running back at Tennessee. Despite being a raw receiver, Hurd was pretty productive, catching 69 passes for 946 yards and four touchdowns. If he's healthy, Hurd should post impressive NFL Combine scores, but he just had knee surgery in December, so that's up in the air. At the next level, Hurd projects as a big, versatile play-maker who offers both receiving and rushing ability. However, he's considered to be more developmental than an immediate contributor.

Source: The Draft Network 

Feb 11 - 5:01 PM

 

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Baylor WR Jalen Hurd (knee) will only participate in the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The plan is for Hurd (6'4/227) to participate in those drills during his pro day. Hurd recently underwent an operation on his knee, and isn't healthy enough -- and not willing to risk hurting himself further -- by participating in the drills in Indianapolis. He's viewed as a Day 3 prospect, but this obviously is something teams will be keeping an eye on going forward.

SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Feb 25, 2019, 11:21 AM

 

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The Draft Network's Brad Kelly lists Baylor WR Jalen Hurd's pro day as one of the most important among the wide receivers.

Much of Kelly's list of important pro day's for wideouts are players that didn't test their speed, and that qualifies for Hurd. He did, however, take part in the bench press, and he had one of the top rep counts with 22 in Indianapolis. That only answers some questions, in Kelly's eyes. "...However, teams are still going to want to know about his top speed and explosiveness," he writes, "to see just how high his potential ceiling is at his new position." He's one of the more intriguing -- but volatile -- prospects at the position, in our eyes.

SOURCE: The Draft Network

Mar 5, 2019, 7:52 PM

 

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NFL Media's Lance Zeirlein ranks Baylor WR Jalen Hurd as the No. 11 receiver.

Hurd (6'5/226) didn't participate at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a knee injury and his pro day results may impact his ranking, but this is pretty high praise by Zierlein in this deep wide receiver class. The analyst believes Hurd is best suited outside to spread out the defense downfield but also believes Hurd can work as a back around the goal line with his running back background. Still learning the position after transitioning to receiver, Hurd may be more of a late bloomer, but Zierlein is optimistic that there is a unique role awaiting Hurd at the next level.

SOURCE: NFL.com

Mar 10, 2019, 2:25 PM

 

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Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm projects Baylor WR Jalen Hurd as a Round 4 pick.

This would be great news for Hurd (6'5/226) who is returning from a knee injury and is still learning the position after starting as a running back at Tennessee. Hurd's athletic abilities are very desirable, and he flashed enough skills as a receiver in his first year to warrant an early Day 3 selection. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein anticipates Hurd to line up all over the field in the NFL and could even take snaps at running back, similarly to how the Patriots used Cordarrelle Patterson.

SOURCE: Yahoo Sports on Twitter

Mar 17, 2019, 3:40 PM

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