Hurst is one of many Texas high school players who make their way up to Norman (after nearly going to Stillwater to attend Oklahoma State) each recruiting season, and he made the Longhorns pay for their lack of vision in the 2011 Red River Rivalry blowout (55-17) by returning an interception 55 yards for a score.
That was Hurst’s only interception in a second-team All-Big 12 junior season, but he broke up 11 passes for the second straight year, in addition to making 55 tackles, four for loss. He started every game as a sophomore in 2010, as well, and one of his three forced fumbles helped the Sooners beat Nebraska in the last Big 12 Championship Game. And though he had just 14 tackles as a true freshman, one of his biggest stops was a sack against those same Longhorns -- though Oklahoma lost that matchup. As a senior, Hurst was once again named to the Coaches All-Big 12 second-team. He had 59 tackles, and broke up nine passes.
Hurst plays hard, and is willing to support in the run game. Quick feet help him move effortlessly forward or backwards to stay with receivers all over the field. Flashes the zone awareness to find and make plays against a second receiver coming into his area. Possesses fast hands to knock away passes, and works hard to rip out the ball as the receiver tries to rein it in.
Won't be able to play outside in the NFL. Slender frame. Doesn't possess adequete strength to challenge receivers like he did in college. Will get locked onto blocks in the running game. Bringing down bigger ballcarriers is also an issue for him, as receivers can spin out of his tackle attempts even when he closes fast and is in position to make the play.
Hurst is a gritty defender who plays with a high motor. He possess a slender frame, and will struggle with the physical aspects of the game. His quick feet combined with his aggressive plays gives a shot at playing the slot in the NFL.
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.