Jalen Hurts won’t work out at other positions at Combine

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Jalen Hurts has put up big numbers as a quarterback in college, so he sees no need to pretend to be anything but a quarterback.

Via By D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the trainer for the Oklahoma quarterback said Hurts does not plan to work out at any position other than quarterback if anyone asks at the Scouting Combine next week.

He wants to show people that he’s a quarterback,” trainer Chip Smith said. “That’s the big thing. There is talk about other positions and that kind of stuff. . . .

“He’s a great athlete. He played in two national championships. He’s got more film than any of the other quarterback out there, . . . he’s a quarterback.”

While it’s unclear if anyone has already asked to see what he looks like as a receiver or a runner, it’s good for Hurts to head that off before it gains steam (and so future mobile quarterbacks know it’s OK to say no).

Hurts began at Alabama, before losing his job to Tua Tagovailoa during the national title game in 2018. After transferring to Oklahoma, he threw for 3,851 yards and 32 touchdowns, while adding 1,298 rushing yards and 20 more touchdowns. He finished second in Heisman Trophy voting to Joe Burrow.

7 responses to “Jalen Hurts won’t work out at other positions at Combine

  1. Who knows. NFL “experts” are wrong all the time. But he looked like a very gifted high school QB to me. Only hit guys that were wide open. Doesn’t take much to look good in the Big 12 as a QB since they think defense is something that keeps the cows out of the garden in that conference…

  2. The NFL is a copycat league and there will be at least one head coach out there who will try to turn him into Lamar Jackson.

  3. tedbundysson says:
    February 20, 2020 at 3:13 pm
    Who knows. NFL “experts” are wrong all the time. But he looked like a very gifted high school QB to me. Only hit guys that were wide open. Doesn’t take much to look good in the Big 12 as a QB since they think defense is something that keeps the cows out of the garden in that conference…
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    Was that the same evaluation you had for Lamar Jackson?

  4. Did Jackson play in the Big 12? That was my point. I did not see Jackson play complete games in college. I have no opinion of his one year breakout in the NFL.

  5. He is not an accurate passer but neither is Lamar Jackson and he won an MVP. He needs to go to a team that will tailor it’s offense to fit him just like Baltimore did with Lamar. If he goes to a team like the Saints, Sean Payton can work with him.

  6. “Did Jackson play in the Big 12? That was my point. I did not see Jackson play complete games in college. I have no opinion of his one year breakout in the NFL.”

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    To your point, that was Jackson’s issue in the NFL. The Ravens went all in on him and his skillset, which was perfectly done, and enabled them to steamroll most of their schedule. But the playoffs will expose the weaker elements of a player’s game, and Jackson, while very talented, still hasn’t developed the necessary timing and touch to hit on more complex passing routes. In his defense, the playbook does not really include those as common plays, but I can understand the comparison. Both Hurts and Jackson have the mindset to continue to improve, however, and I don’t think their respective teams will have to worry about them working hard and their personal competitiveness.

    I would say that Hurts’ experience and proven strength of character are the primary reasons to take him, because that does matter a lot. But you are correct, he will need a lot of work polishing his passing and throwing some so called “fifty-fifty” balls to develop an all round NFL level skillset. I would take him, if it were me, but with the understanding that he will be a project to work with for a while.

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