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James Hurst, OT

School: North Carolina  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Plainfield, IN
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 296 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall with a barrel chest and silo body frame. Good push in the run game with strong hands and limbs to jolt at the point of attack, extending well. Stays light on his feet when pulling with heady awareness to pick up defenders in motion. Nice job getting to the second level to take out linebackers and defensive backs. Patient in space to mirror and play steady laterally. Good finishing toughness in the run game and looks to bury his man. Good work ethic and doesn?t cheat himself, getting the most out of his ability. School-record for career starts (49), playing every snap at left tackle.

WEAKNESSES: Narrow base with average-at-best arm length. Too much forward lean and will overset and overextend himself, struggling to recover. Needs to play with his shoulders over his feet. Not the most natural re-setting after his initial kickslide, getting himself tied up with choppy footwork and tight joints. Plays too much on his heels and is too easily bullied, struggling to play with a consistent base to absorb contact. Needs to improve his hand placement and do a better job keeping rushers from his body. Doesn?t explode off the snap and is too reactionary in pass protection with suspect reflexes. Needs to do a better job with angles to wall off run lanes. Suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left fibula in final collegiate game and will miss most, if not all, of the pre-draft process. All of his football experience is at left tackle and has never played inside at guard.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

A five-star tackle recruit out of high school, Hurst spurned offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame and Alabama (where his father, Tim, played football) to attend North Carolina. He quickly established himself as the starting left tackle where he started all but three games in his four years in Chapel Hill, setting a new school record with 49 career starts. Hurst lacks ideal flexibility, has a narrow base and needs to play with controlled footwork and fundamentals, but he works through the whistle with toughness and effort ? doesn?t always look pretty, but he gets results. He needs to check out medically after suffering a broken left leg in the bowl game. Hurst has a very average size and skill-set combo, but he?ll do just enough to get it done. He can hold up at tackle, but will also get looks in the NFL at guard, similar to Mitchell Schwartz.
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02/20/2014 - 2014 Combine: UNC ailing LT James Hurst to work out at pro day... 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," said Hurst. "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," said Hurst. "It was a fun matchup; he got me a couple times, but I think I held my own." Hurst called the former Gamecock 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." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com



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