Maurice Hurst JR. Drafted By The Raiders

The Oakland Raiders traded up in the fifth round to take Hurst with the 140th overall pick. The Raiders traded the 159th, and 185th picks to the Indianapolis Colts for the selection.

Maurice Hurst big fall down the draft board finally ended in the fifth round. On Saturday, the Raiders decided to take a chance on Michigan defensive tackle who has first-round talent but also has a heart condition, which is why he was still on the board Saturday afternoon.

Hurst has the potential to anchor the Raiders defensive lines for years to come. In his last two years at Michigan Hurst recorded 10.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for a loss. He is all around defensive tackle, who can stop the run as well as rush the passer.

 

Hurst is what the Raiders needed. Last year the Raiders had trouble getting pressure from the interior lineman. He will be able to push the pocket and take some of the pressure off Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. Last year the Raiders two starting defensive tackles  Justin Ellis and Eddie Vanderdoes ranked 45th and 105th as PFF’s interior defenders.

There is some concern with this pick though. Hurst dropped all the way to the fifth round because of a heart condition that was detected at the combine. He was later cleared to play football, but teams still were concerned and took Hurst off the there draft broads, which is why he slipped to the fifth round.

If Hurst heart condition does not affect his play the Raiders decision to draft him could go down as the biggest draft move of all time. If it does prevent him from playing it could go down as a failure, but failure in the fifth round does not set your franchise back.

It is a gamble for the Raiders to take Hurst, but it is a gamble worth taking for a team that needs defensive help badly.

 

 

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