3 Most Likely NFL Teams to Target Jalen Hurts in 2020 NFL Draft
By Tristan Jung
Jalen Hurts raised his NFL Draft stock significantly at the NFL Scouting Combine this week. He ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash among all QBs at 4.59 seconds and looked like a potential starting quarterback in his workouts.
Jalen Hurts 40-Yard Dash
Coming off a brilliant senior season at Oklahoma and a successful career at Alabama, Hurts is one of the most accomplished college players in the NFL Draft. He’s projected to go later than the first tier of quarterbacks (Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, and Tua Tagovailoa). However, a team will almost certainly take a shot on Hurts, even if he goes outside of the first round, and here are three likely destinations for him.
Jalen Hurts Draft Projection
3. New Orleans Saints (No. 88 Pick or 4th-Round Pick)
New Orleans would certainly be the one of the most intriguing landing spots for Jalen Hurts. The Saints are negotiating a new deal for franchise legend Drew Brees, but backups Taysom Hill and Teddy Bridgewater are also hitting free agency. The Saints want to bring back at least one of them, but they are at the limit of their cap space with just roughly $9.3 million available right now. Another team could easily swoop in and take both of their promising talents at quarterback. The Saints could stand to make a long-term decision and take Hurts to be Brees' backup and successor to avoid paying for two quarterbacks.
2. Tennessee Titans (No. 93 Pick or 5th-Round Pick)
The Tennessee Titans made a brilliant decision to trade for Ryan Tannehill at a great value, but he will be asking for a big contract this offseason. The Titans have $50.4 million in cap space to bring Tannehill back, but they will be reluctant to offer a long-term deal given Tannehill's history of inconsistency. Tennessee could split the difference by resigning Tannehill to a shorter deal and taking Hurts as his ultimate successor. Hurts' downfield passing and skills as a runner could also work well in the Titans' system.
1. Chicago Bears (No. 50 Pick or 5th-Round Pick)
The Bears must solve their Mitchell Trubisky problem. After a disappointing 8-8 season, many Bears' fans are ready for change at quarterback, and Trubisky’s less-than-stellar 2019 stats aren’t helping his case. The Bears could sign a big-name free agent, but drafting Hurts could save them much-needed cap room while also providing a viable alternative if Trubisky struggles once again. Bears general manager Ryan Pace could trade for someone like Andy Dalton while also taking Hurts in a later round to create an all-out competition.
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Tristan Jung is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Tristan Jung also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username tristan1117. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.