This is the second defensive tackle the team has been connected with regarding pre-draft visits, with the first being NT Vita Vea. Projected to be a first-round pick, here is what an AFC scout told NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein about Hurst’s (6-2, 282 lbs) potential:
“He’s only going to play for 4-3, upfield teams as a three-technique. That’s the only place that works for him. He’s got a get-off that is crazy fast and if he gets with the right coordinator, he’s going to be tough to block.”
Hurst graded out tremendously by Pro Football Focus this past season:
But this is another case where Hurst, probably a mid-first rounder, won’t be available at No. 33 and would be too high of a pick at No. 4. Cleveland has to be prepared with scouting knowledge in the event they trade up or trade down, though, which is why you still look at the likes of Hurst.