“Big Clyde," as in the Clydesdale horse, earned his nickname from his huge six-foot-six, 340-pound frame and his strong work ethic in the weight room. He’s won the team’s top award for off-season workouts the past three years, and also LSU’s leadership award for his efforts during 2012 spring practices.
As a redshirt freshman, Hurst played on special teams and as a backup guard for all 12 games. In 2010, he started the first nine games of the year, then the team’s Cotton Bowl win over Texas A&M, but missed three contests with a right high ankle sprain. He started all 14 games at that right tackle in the team’s BCS runnerup season, earning first-team All-SEC honors from league coaches. In Hurst’s senior season, he started his first six games at left tackle before quitting the team for personal reasons.
Massive frame is difficult to ignore, especially for five-techniques trying to overpower him or out-quick him in their pass rush. Has a strong anchor and can stay engaged with linemen in pass protection once he latches on with his strong hands. Uses his pure bulk to move his man off the line in the run game when asked to drive block.
Very slow to get off the football. Slow in his kickslide, and strugges with flexibility. Lacks lateral agility. Plays with a high pad level and will frequently lunge at his target. Less than efficient trying to negate linebackers at the second level.
Hurst went from first-team All-SEC tackle his junior year to quitting football his senior season. Reports surfaced about Hurst's off the field personality, which is something that NFL teams will surely have to look into. While Hurst is extraordinarily strong, and can be a mauling inside blocker, he can only play on the right side of the offensive line. It's also unlikely that he can stick at offensive tackle. His feet are simply too slow, and he lacks the proper flexibility to handle pass rushers coming around the corner.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.