INDIANAPOLIS -- North Carolina left tackle James Hurst entered the 2013 season as a projected early round draft pick, but after suffering an ill-timed broken leg in the Tar Heels' bowl game, he is rehabbing not only his injury, but also his draft projection.
Hurst, who grew up just outside of Indianapolis, missed the Senior Bowl due to his broken left fibula and won't be able to work out at the combine this week. However the battle back has been positive.
"The rehab is good, coming along fast," Hurst said. "I started walking two weeks ago and it feels good walking around here, feeling normal about it. I still have a week before I'm up and running."
Hurst said he expects to be fully healthy and do a complete workout regimen at North Carolina's pro day on March 25. He understands there will be no second chances; the pro day will be his only chance to impress scouts during the draft process on the field.
"It's my full physical audition," Hurst said. "Most of these guys will do their stuff here [in Indianapolis]. But I feel good that I'll do be doing everything at the university I played at and graduated from."
Hurst also reflected on his matchup with South Carolina pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney from the 2013 season opener.
"There was a lot of hype going into that game," Hurst said. "It was a fun matchup; he got me a couple times, but I think I held my own."
Hurst called the former Gamecocks defensive end "extremely explosive" and an "amazing athlete" and added that he didn't put too much stock into Clowney's effort concerns from that game.
"If he wants to make a play, he's going to make a play."