Jalen Hurts 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
Jalen Hurts is one of those quarterbacks who had all the success in college but has a lot of doubters entering the 2020 NFL draft. Hurts is still expected to be drafted within the first three rounds and could eventually be a steal for a team willing to make the pick.
College Career: Hurts played four seasons between Alabama and Oklahoma, and he threw for 9,477 yards, 80 touchdowns and 20 interceptions while completing 65.1 percent of his passes. Hurts also rushed for 3,274 yards and 43 touchdowns while also having a receiving touchdown with the Sooners last season. Hurts was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year in 2016, a national champion in 2018 and a Heisman runner-up in 2019.
Strengths: Hurts has above-average mobility and can hurt defenses in the open field, making him very dangerous with roll outs, RPO and zone reads. Hurts has more than enough arm strength and doesn’t seem to hang the ball when going deep. Hurts has shown toughness throughout his career, doesn’t miss games and has a knack for making the big play in clutch situations. Hurts has decent accuracy on the shorter passes and plays the game with great poise. Hurts is also known as a leader on and off the field, and he was 38-4 as a starting quarterback. Winning and leadership are two traits you want in a quarterback.
Weaknesses: Hurts can show happy feet in the pocket at times and will take more chances than you’d like to see. Hurts has to do a better job of going through his progressions, as he’ll lock onto a receiver at times or miss the easier target and settle for the one he predetermined. Hurts also has to become more comfortable in the pocket and find a willingness to climb rather than bail. Hurts could also become a more accurate passer on the deep ball.
Possible Fits: The Jacksonville Jaguars need a quarterback and they have three picks within the first 42 selections to make this happen. The Chicago Bears have two second round picks and run a system that could benefit Hurts dual-threat style. The Pittsburgh Steelers need depth at the quarterback position and learning under Ben Roethlisberger wouldn’t hurt. The Los Angeles Chargers need to find a starting quarterback and they could easily make this selection with the 37th overall pick.