- BProjectionRound 4-5
- YearRS Senior
- Hand10 ¼
Strong Points: Versatile -- lines up as an inside receiver, outside receiver and running back. Tennessee's leading rusher in 2015. Very good size and the frame to get to 240 pounds. Smooth athlete with good body control, quick feet and flexibility. Large hands (10 1/8") and catches everything. Good quickness and a burst. Elusive with the ball in his hands. Willing blocker. Open even when he's covered because of his height and length.
Weak Points: Average WR speed. Won't scare anyone as a deep receiver. Mostly a short-range "possession" receiver. Lacks the suddenness to be a NFL running back.
The Way We See It: Hurd transferred from Tennessee after playing for the Vols from 2014-16. He is a very interesting guy because of his versatility, lining up as a receiver and back and even running for more than 1,000 yards in 2015. He has a tall, long build with the frame to get bigger. I doubt he will ever line up as a running back, but can be a combo wide receiver/"move" tight end/special- teams player with a unique specialist skill set in the NFL. He has the toughness and competitive nature to play well in that role. The team that drafts Hurd must figure out the best ways to use him. He lacks the pure speed to be strictly a wide receiver, but as a "move" tight end he is plenty fast. With his height and reach, he is difficult to cover and should be a very good red-zone target. Hurd might not get drafted until Day 3, but he will be one of the more interesting prospects to track.