Pro Football Focus’ No. 3 overall player heading into the draft and former Michigan DT, Mo Hurst, was drafted by the Raiders in the 5th round of the NFL Draft Saturday afternoon.
Hurst was the highest-rated player in college football in 2017 by PFF. His 96.8 grade was the highest in the PFF era among interior linemen.
Maurice Hurst might be the most underrated player in this draft class pic.twitter.com/yS7VhzVm37
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 14, 2018
Hurst was projected first round pick until a heart condition sidelined him from the NFL Combine.
The former Wolverines was then cleared by both Harvard and Michigan doctors. He fully participated in Michigan’s Pro Day, and had a strong performance.
— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) March 23, 2018
As the draft neared, it wasn’t a secret that Hurst’s condition might leave him out of the First Round. But it wasn’t until Draft Day that the slip started to sound detrimental.
All of ESPN’s draft analysts graded Hurst as first-rounder.
Following the Raiders selecting the defensive lineman, ESPN’s draft panel said he has a chance to be the best player in Oakland’s draft class, despite being a 5th round pick.
"If Mo Hurst is healthy, he's the best player in this draft class for the @Raiders."
– ESPN Draft Coverage
— Brandon Justice (@BrandonBJustice) April 28, 2018
Hurst, if healthy, is a plug-and-play rookie for the Raiders.