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Meet the Prospect: Maurice Hurst

Name: Maurice Hurst

Position: Defensive tackle

School: Michigan

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 291

40 dash: 4.91 seconds (pro day)

Bench: 29 reps (pro day)

Vertical: 31.0 inches (pro day)

Broad: 104 inches (pro day)

3-cone: 7.71 seconds (pro day)

20-yard shuttle: 4.62 seconds (pro day)

How he fits: Last Friday was a big day for Hurst to show NFL talent evaluators what he could do both athletically and in drill work. He didn't get an opportunity to compete at the Combine because an issue with his heart was detected that required further testing. The good news is those tests went well, and Hurst was given clearance to compete at Michigan's pro day.

Hurst is an explosive defensive tackle, who spent a lot of time in the opponent backfield. His game is predicted on quickness, penetration and disruption. He's an up-the-field three technique in the Aaron Donald mold of defensive tackles.  

Even after signing Sylvetser Williams in free agency, the Lions could still be on the lookout for help along their defensive line. Hurst is a player that would bring a unique skillset to that group.

Key observations: Pro Football Focus College All-American and All-Big Ten honoree, with the highest grade of any individual player at any position in the country (96.9 on a 100-point scale).

Hurst also received the 2017 Bo Schembechler Team MVP award and Defensive Player of the Year award.

He contributed 134 tackles, 33.0 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two pass breakups and one blocked field goal in 46 career games (17 starts).

What they had to say about him: "Hurst is an upfield three-technique who gets out of the blocks ahead of his competition as soon as the starter's pistol goes off. His ability to come out fast and low should create opportunities to become a disruptive penetrator, but he has to prove that he has the strength to play through redirect blocks and hold up against NFL interior linemen. Will need to be cleared medically at re-check after heart irregularities showed up at combine." – Lance Zierlein

How he stacks up: ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. lists Hurst as the third best defensive tackle available in this draft behind Da'Ron Payne (Alabama) and Vita Vea (Washington).

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network has Hurst as the fourth best tackle available behind Vea, Payne and Florida's Taven Bryan.

Hurst comes in at No. 34 on Daniel Jeremiah's list of the Top 50 available prospects. He has Vea, Payne, Bryan and Stanford's Harrison Phillips ahead of Hurst at the position.

What he had to say: "It was good," Hurst told about his pro day performance. "I think NFL teams will view me exactly the same as before. If you're cleared, you're cleared. It's not anything to look back on."

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