KXIP vs KKR Live Score

Originally expected to go in the first round, Hurst fell big time due to a heart issue that was found during the NFL Scouting Combine.

What are the Oakland Raiders doing?

In the fifth round Saturday, they took one unlike the others.

With the No. 140 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected Maurice Hurst, defensive lineman out of MI after a trade with the Colts.

Those question marks were due to a heart condition detected at the National Football League combine. "But we've got no doubts about you, got me?"

But maybe the Raiders should. They took Florida's Johnny Townsend 173rd overall and as the third punter in the fifth round.

Last season the interior defensive line being weak was a major problem for the team, but the addition of P.J. Hall should serve to remedy that issue. He is entering the final season of his contract. Hall (No. 57 overall), and embattled pass rusher Arden Key (No. 87 overall). He widely was regarded a first-round talent, but like Bryant, he has character concerns largely tied to marijuana usage.

Is Hurst worth the risk he might not be cleared to play? It's not an arrest.

Once Hurst reached that point, the Raiders traded picks No. 159 and 185 in order to move up and make sure Hurst was wearing the Silver and Black next season.

He said he was "cleared through Harvard and MI".

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie doubled down on that.

Hurst was a consensus All-American in 2017. Recording five sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss and 60 tackles, Hurst cemented his status as one of the Big Ten's best. The All-American this past season for MI football was ranked by Pro Football Focus as the No. 3 defensive prospect in the draft.

A knee injury he suffered in a private workout with the Detroit Lions could have played a factor in his later selection, although surgery earlier this month revealed that his meniscus did not need to be fully repaired, reducing his timetable for return from 3-4 months to just six weeks. He promptly led the nation with a school-record 21 pass breakups in 2017 while starting all 14 games. His first two seasons, Hurst was stuck behind several top-tiered players on the depth chart.

Victor has good instincts and has been compared to Vontaze Burfict, the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker that new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is familiar with.

The selection of Kolton Miller in Round 1, especially after trading out of a top 10 pick, was questionable.


SIMILAR ARTICLES

loading...

COMMENTS