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
Career Notes
Veteran leader who returns to lead the Carolina offensive line as a senior ... One of the nation's best left tackles who will compete for All-ACC and All-America accolades in his final collegiate season ... Has started a school-record-tying 48 games in his career since earning a starting job in the second week of his true freshman season ... Preseason third-team All-America and first-team All-ACC selection by Phil Steele ... Also a second-team preseason All-America pick by The Sporting News.
2013 Season
Graded out at a season-best 95 percent with a team-high 14 knockdowns against Old Dominion ... Saw action on all 66 snaps at Pitt and graded out at a team-best 91 percent ... Played 70 snaps and had a team-high 15 knockdowns as Carolina rushed for a season-high 201 yards in the win over Virginia ... Graded out at 90 percent with nine knockdowns while playing all 82 snaps in the win at NC State ... Played all 73 snaps and had a team-high 11 knockdowns in the win over Boston College ... Graded out at a team-best 90 percent on 83 snaps against Miami ... Played all 76 snaps and had 10 knockdowns at Virginia Tech ... Graded out at a team-best 87 percent and saw action on all 82 snaps in the East Carolina game ... Played all 58 snaps and graded out at 86 percent with four knockdowns at Georgia Tech ... Graded out at 92 percent and had a team-high 14 knockdown blocks while playing all 80 snaps against Middle Tennessee ... Earned ACC Lineman of the Week honors for his play against the Blue Raiders ... Saw action on all 85 snaps at South Carolina and graded out at 84 percent with six knockdowns while matched up primarily against All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
2012 Season
Earned first-team All-ACC honors from the league's head coaches and second-team honors from the media ... 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, helped Carolina allow just 11 total sacks on the year ... UNC led the ACC in sacks allowed per game (0.92) and ranked ninth in the country in that statistic ... Started 11 games at left tackle and has started 36 games in his career ... Graded out at nearly 90 percent for the season and played practically every meaningful snap ... Missed the Idaho game due to injury ... Graded out at 86 percent with 10 knockdowns at Duke, playing every snap ... Had a 90 percent grade with 12 knockdowns and played all 85 snaps in the win at Miami ... Finished with a team-best 90 percent grade and played all 82 snaps in the win over Virginia Tech ... Graded out at a team-best 88 percent against East Carolina ... Played all 64 snaps against Louisville, grading out at a team-best 89 percent with 11 knockdown blocks ... Appeared in all 84 snaps at Wake Forest, grading out at 88 percent with nine knockdowns ... Played 53 snaps in the season opener against Elon and graded out at 85 percent.
2011 Season
Earned second-team All-ACC honors for his play at left tackle ... Along with left guard Jonathan Cooper, part of the first Carolina offensive line tandem to earn All-ACC honors since 1993 ... Started all 13 games ... Saw action on 851 plays and graded out at 88 percent for the season, best on the team ... Helped pave the way for Giovani Bernard to gain 1,253 rushing yards, the first time a Tar Heel back has rushed for over 1,000 yards since 1997 ... Finished with 30 regular-season knockdown blocks on the year, good for third on the team ... Played 88 snaps against Duke, grading out at 90 percent with a season-high eight knockdowns ... Played all 84 snaps against Virginia Tech and graded out at a team-best 84 percent ... Played all 60 snaps at NC State and graded out at 89 percent with two knockdowns ... Graded out at a season-best 91 percent on 66 plays against Wake Forest ... Played all 79 snaps against Miami and had four knockdowns and just two negative plays for a season-best grade of 97 percent ... Graded out at 91 percent and played all 54 snaps against Louisville ... Played all 61 snaps and graded out at 89 percent against East Carolina ... Had three knockdowns and played all 53 snaps at Georgia Tech ... Played all 66 snaps and graded out at 85 percent against Virginia ... Had five knockdowns in 53 snaps against James Madison in the opener, grading out at 88 percent.
2010 Season
Earned Freshman All-America honors by Rivals.com, Phil Steele and The Sporting News ... Appeared in all 13 games and started the final 12 games of the regular season at left tackle ... Saw action on 845 snaps during the season and graded out at a team-high 83 percent ... Third on the team with 33 knock-down blocks ... Played all 72 offensive plays in the win over Tennessee in the Music City Bowl ... Played all 84 snaps at Duke and graded out at a team-high 89 percent with three knock-downs ... Graded out at a team-high 85 percent with three knock-downs against NC State ... Had a season-high six knock-downs and graded out at 86 percent against William & Mary ... Graded out at 80 percent against both Clemson and East Carolina ... Graded out at 83 percent with two knock-downs against Rutgers ... Graded out at 81 percent against Rutgers ... Graded out at 86 percent with two knock-downs against LSU ... Enrolled at Carolina in January, 2010 and competed in spring practice.
High School
SuperPrep All-America ... Ranked the No. 10 overall player in the country and the No. 2 offensive tackle by Rivals.com ... Considered the No. 3 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com and by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming ... Member of the ESPN150 ... Ranked the No. 24 player in the country regardless of position by Scout.com ... Was the overall MVP at the U.S. Army Junior National Combine ... Competed in the Under Armour All-American Game and was named the game's most outstanding offensive lineman by Scout.com ... Rated Indiana's No. 1 player by Rivals.com ... Considered the No. 6 overall prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep ... Younger brother of Nelson Hurst, a tight end for the Tar Heels ... Graded out at 98 percent as a senior at Plainfield High School ... Coached by Brian Woodard ... Earned first-team all-conference, all-area and all-state honors as a junior and senior ... Earned area player of the year honors as a senior ... Also saw some playing time on the defensive line ... Played all four years on varsity ... Helped team advance to the third round of the state playoffs all four seasons.
Personal
Son of Tim and Susan Hurst ... Born Dec. 17, 1991 ... His father, Tim, played football at Alabama ... Would choose to play for the Indianapolis Colts if he could pick any team in the NFL ... People say he looks like former UNC offensive tackle and current Atlanta Falcon lineman Garrett Reynolds ... Favorite possession is his Xbox ... Favorite off-day activity is Call of Duty video game ... Would most like to guest star on "Lost" ... His brother, Nelson, has had the biggest impact on his life ... Exercise and sport science major.
 
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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