Jalen Hurts is one of the most fascinating prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. Following some underwhelming statistical seasons with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Hurts transferred to Oklahoma. He absolutely exploded during his first and only season under Lincoln Riley.
He averaged 11.3 yards per attempt, threw for 32 touchdowns and racked up 3,851 passing yards. In his two seasons as a full-time starter at Alabama, he never averaged more than 8.2 yards per attempt, never reached 2,800 passing yards or recorded more than 23 touchdown passes.
This leaves NFL talent evaluators in a difficult spot, as they'll have to weigh whether Hurts' development was a product of Riley's system, or a sign that he's taken a step forward as a passer. When looking at the latest odds, though, it looks like Hurts could fall to the third round, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
The over/under for Hurts' draft position has been set at 75.5, suggesting he's likely to be selected near the top of the third round.
Interestingly, the teams picking at No. 75 and No. 76 are the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively. Both franchises have recently signed some aging signal-callers, and taking a swing on a high-upside talent like Hurts could help ensure the inevitable transition from Philip Rivers and Tom Brady goes smoothly.
With about a month until the 2020 NFL Draft, these odds will surely continue to shift. But Hurts will be one of the most interesting prospects to monitor until then.
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