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2015 NFL DRAFT

James Hurst, OT

School: North Carolina  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Plainfield, IN
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 296 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
193165-6
Player News
05/13/2014 - Baltimore Ravens Sign 17 Undrafted Free Agents: Hurst was a four-year starter along the Tar Heels' offensive line after earning the starting left tackle job in the second game of his true freshman season in 2010. The first-team All-ACC honoree played in 50 career games, including a school-record-tying 48 starts, missing only one game due to injury during his 2012 junior season. Hurst was one of the NCAA's most-decorated offensive linemen, earning 2010 Freshmen All-America honors, 2011 second-team All-ACC honors, 2012 first-team All-ACC honors (coaches) and 2013 first-team All-ACC honors (Phil Steele). - Baltimore Ravens

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

12/30/2013 - UNC OT James Hurst suffers broken leg in Belk Bowl win...North Carolina offensive tackle James Hurst left the Belk Bowl after suffering a left leg injury. After the Tar Heels' 39-17 win, the school announced that the senior suffered a broken leg. Hurst, an anchor at left tackle for much of his time in Chapel Hill, made his 49th career start on Saturday. CBSSports.com has the 6-foot-7, 305 pound tackle listed as the No. 10 offensive tackle (No. 88 overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft class.

Before the injury, he was projected as a second or third round selection. The school provided no details on a timetable for recovery. The ESPN cameras did not show Hurst in the play when he sustained the injury, and the broadcast team opted not to replay the image of his leg getting rolled up after he went down. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OT (Tie)-James Hurst, Sr., North Carolina (21)...Has been selected Second Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the ACC Coaches. - North Carolina football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): T James Hurst, North Carolina, 6-7, 305, Sr., Plainfield, Ind. (118)...Has been selected First Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). - North Carolina football

09/09/2013 - ACC WEEK 2 OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: James Hurst, North Carolina, Sr., OT, 6-7, 305, Plainfield, Ind.,...Hurst played 80 snaps and graded out at 92 percent in North Carolina's 40-20 victory over Middle Tennessee. Carolina gained 511 total yards of offense and scored 40 points for the sixth time under Larry Fedora. Hurst posted 12 knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack or a quarterback pressure. - ACC football

08/11/2013 - TOP NORTH CAROLINA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. OT James Hurst (6-6, 310, 5.43)...A five-star recruit out of high school in Indiana, Hurst spurned offers from Alabama, Ohio State and basically every other program in the country to enroll at North Carolina. He earned the starting left tackle job as a true freshman and has started 36 games there the past three seasons. Hurst passes the eye test with a tall, well-proportioned frame with adequate bulk. Hurst is a smart, heady player with improved instincts and anticipation to recognize defensive pressures and adjust accordingly.

He works hard to square his shoulders and stay balanced on the move, easily getting to the second level with better foot quickness than expected. Hurst has room to improve his hand placement and technique, especially in space, but he understands angles and plays like a seasoned veteran. Hurst will be tested in the 2013 season opener against Jadeveon Clowney so the Tar Heels left tackle will have the opportunity to prove right away that he's a top-tier prospect. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/24/2013 - 2013 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): OT James Hurst, UNC, (37), Sr., Plainfield, Ind.,...Hurst, who returns to lead the Carolina offensive line as a senior, has started 36 games in his career since earning a starting job in the second week of his true freshman season. Top Four in Voting By Position: Offensive Tackle: 1. James Hurst, UNC (37)...2. Morgan Moses, UVa (35)...3. Brandon Thomas, CL (28)...4. Seantrel Henderson, UM (17). - North Carolina football

07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: T James Hurst North Carolina...Hurst has started 36 games in his career since earning a starting job in the second week of his true freshman season. A preseason third-team All-America and first-team All-ACC selection by Phil Steele and a second-team preseason All-America pick by The Sporting News, Hurst earned first-team All-ACC honors from the league's head coaches and second-team honors from the media in 2012. He was a key part of an offensive line unit that paved the way for Carolina to set school records in total offense, scoring and passing yards. Leading the way from the left tackle position, Hurst helped Carolina allow just 11 total sacks on the year as UNC led the ACC in sacks allowed per game (0.92) and ranked ninth in the country in that statistic. - North Carolina football

07/17/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: James Hurst, North Carolina, OT...Hurst, who returns to lead the Carolina offensive line as a senior, has started 36 games in his career since earning a starting job in the second week of his true freshman season. A preseason third-team All-America and first-team All-ACC selection by Phil Steele and a second-team preseason All-America pick by The Sporting News, Hurst earned first-team All-ACC honors from the league's head coaches and second-team honors from the media in 2012. He was a key part of an offensive line unit that paved the way for Carolina to set school records in total offense, scoring and passing yards. Leading the way from the left tackle position, Hurst helped Carolina allow just 11 total sacks on the year as UNC led the ACC in sacks allowed per game (0.92) and ranked ninth in the country in that statistic. - North Carolina football

 
Player News
05/13/2014 - Baltimore Ravens Sign 17 Undrafted Free Agents: Hurst was a four-year starter along the Tar Heels' offensive line after earning the starting left tackle job in the second game of his true freshman season in 2010. The first-team All-ACC honoree played in 50 career games, including a school-record-tying 48 starts, missing only one game due to injury during his 2012 junior season. Hurst was one of the NCAA's most-decorated offensive linemen, earning 2010 Freshmen All-America honors, 2011 second-team All-ACC honors, 2012 first-team All-ACC honors (coaches) and 2013 first-team All-ACC honors (Phil Steele). - Baltimore Ravens
 
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