Jalen Hurts has a “boulder” on his shoulder

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Jalen Hurts went 38-4 in his career as a starter. Yet, Hurts faces questions about his ability to play quarterback in the NFL.

That’s why he said he carries a “boulder” on his shoulder.

“He’s been successful everywhere he’s been,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said, via John Zenor of the Associated Press. “He really is a little bit like an NFL quarterback in the sense that he had to go quickly and pick up an offense and really prove himself as a leader in a new program in a short period of time, which he did. He had a great year.

“Those are things that we get a chance now to see in person. Get to know the kid a little bit more. I’m excited about. He certainly had a great college career. He’s put himself in a good position.”

This week at the Senior Bowl, Hurts is wearing a helmet with OU on the right side and his old Alabama No. 2 on the left.

He went 26-2 at Alabama before Tua Tagovailoa replaced him, prompting Hurts to transfer to Oklahoma. Hurts was 12-2 last season, passing for 3,851 yards and 32 touchdowns while rushing for 1,298 yards and 20 scores.

“I win,” Hurts said, stating his obvious strength.

Still, Hurts has a lot to prove to scouts in the pre-draft process.

“I don’t want to get into comparisons [with other prospects],” Hurts said. “That’s kind of like the kiss of death. I try to be the best version of myself. Go out there and try to win, try to lead my guys, build relationships with my guys. Win ball games.”

10 responses to “Jalen Hurts has a “boulder” on his shoulder

  1. The only reason he came out is because he knows he won’t be the same. He goes back to school he can prove himself. But he knows he won’t be the same so he left to get his money when he can. Don’t see any teams picking him in top 10 unless he puts out strong workouts.

  2. Hurts is a great athlete and qb at the college level but his style doesn’t really translate to the NFL. He’s not really the stand in the pocket and throw it 40 times a game kind of qb which is what nfl teams want. I think maybe a position change would be something for him to consider.

  3. Looking forward to seeing how he does during the draft process. Definitely worth taking a look at him. Played well on the biggest stages. Excelled against high-end talent.

    Curious to see how tall he is and how heavy he is.

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