2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report


Jalen Hurts

December 13, 2019 1:00 PM EST


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School: Oklahoma

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 219

Eligibility: SR

Uniform: #1

Position: QB


Evaluated by: Mike Diffin
mwdiffin@gmail.com
December 13, 2019

Prospect Overview

First year starter at Oklahoma after transferring from Alabama for his senior year. 6'2 219 lbs with a background in powerlifting. Good, balanced build that has absorbed punishment over the duration of his collegiate career. Completed almost 72% of passes at OU with 32 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions; all coming off a year where he threw just 51 passes. People around college football, including former coach Nick Saban, have applauded Hurts' ability to be a true, selfless player. Taking a back seat to Tua in 2018 told everyone he is teammate anyone would want. He's handled himself as a complete pro since coming to Oklahoma, motivating teammates, and has been regarded as the team's best leader.


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Positives

NFL caliber athleticism and a build to withstand the punishment. He's a strong, physical runner that displays good versatility in the RPO game. Has evolved as a thrower since coming to OU; becoming a much better touch thrower and developing what has become his biggest asset in his ability to throw the back-shoulder ball. He's been able to display the ability to throw people open with the back shoulder from all areas of the field. His work from the pocket has evolved too, becoming better at driving the ball into tight windows that were a huge concern at Alabama. Ball placement has improved too, and his growth in a spread offense over 1 season could attract teams to take a chance on him.


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Areas For Improvement

Not a pure thrower. From his film at Alabama vs Oklahoma, he runs a spread vs more conventional, pro system in Alabama that required anticipation, touch and accuracy. Plays in a scripted offense at OU with little to no responsibilities at the LOS, and when the training wheels come off, his struggles become evident.


He's relatively accurate; consistently puts the ball in areas where the receiver has to do the work to come down with the catch. Too many mis-reads; doesn't see the disguises and fails to work back across the field to where the open receiver is, and breaks the pocket, or has a bad habit of forcing it downfield. Football IQ struggles when there are designed plays to get the ball out of his hand quickly. Holds onto the ball looking for the chunk-play rather than hitting the assigned receiver for the easy completion.


Draft Stock/Player Comparison

To me, there's a reason why Oklahoma has put out the last 2, first overall picks and that's because they're a product of the system that spreads defenses thin and they take advantage of matchups with little to no nuances of how to play the QB position. Watching Big 12 defenses is a tough task, and coaches like Lincoln Riley know how to expose them and week after week, we see OU receivers without a defender within 10 yards. This leads me to believe Hurts' stats are very misleading, with no context to them. Leading up to their loss vs Kansas State, Hurts had over 400 passing yards and 4 touchdowns on completions that were no more than 1 yard off the LOS. Through 9 games, Hurts had only 10 completions that PFF considers "Big-Time". These are throws from the hash to the numbers on the field side (wide side).

Through 4 games, Joe Burrow had 13, Tua and Drew Lock both had 30 in 2018. To me, Hurts is another OU product, putting up inflated numbers to receivers who get open with simple mesh concept routes, without displaying the intricacies of playing the QB position. He's a guy some might take a chance on, but not someone who warrants a day-1 or 2nd round pick. He reminds me of a mid-round pick that will get the chance to compete for a starting job for a struggling franchise. I see a lot of Tajh Boyd to his game. Good athlete, flashes some good arm talent, throws to legitimate NFL WR prospects, but struggles with the nuances of the position that make it difficult for me to trust him as an early-round selection.



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