Jalen Hurts Gets 4th-Round Grade, Comparison to Taysom Hill from Mel Kiper Jr.

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2020

South quarterback Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma (1) throws a pass during the first half of the Senior Bowl college football game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. gave Jalen Hurts a fourth-round grade for the 2020 NFL draft after the former Oklahoma quarterback put up impressive numbers this past season.

Kiper compared the Alabama transfer to New Orleans Saints backup Taysom Hill, who has mostly been used as a gadget player rather than a full-time quarterback.

Hurts finished second in Heisman voting in 2019 after totaling 3,851 passing yards and 32 touchdowns to go with 1,298 rushing yards and 20 scores on the ground.

Though some believe Hill still has a future as a starter, he's only completed six passes in his NFL career and is mostly used out of the backfield (64 carries) and as a receiver (22 catches). Hurts could fill a similar role thanks to his size (6'2", 218 lbs) and athleticism as a runner.

He totaled 3,274 rushing yards on 5.3 yards per carry while adding 43 touchdowns in four seasons, and NFL teams will continue to focus on mobile quarterbacks, especially after Lamar Jackson's MVP season.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller predicted Hurts would be a third-round pick in his latest mock draft, the seventh quarterback taken after five were selected in the first round.

Heisman-winning Oklahoma quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray went No. 1 overall in 2018 and 2019, respectively, but it seems Hurts will have to wait a little longer to hear his name called in April.