Jalen Hurts Rumors: Packers, Chargers Have Met with QB Ahead of 2020 NFL Draft

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2020

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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The Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Chargers have both reportedly met with quarterback prospect Jalen Hurts in a virtual fashion ahead of the 2020 NFL draft, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Both the Packers and Chargers seem like good bets to select a quarterback in the first few rounds of the draft, which runs from April 23-25. Green Bay starting signal-caller Aaron Rodgers is 36 years of age, while L.A. starter Tyrod Taylor is 30 and far from a lock to take the first snap of the 2020 season for the Bolts.

Hurts hasn't been mentioned by most draft experts as a first-round option due to the presence of Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love, but he could be a high-upside option on Day 2.

After spending his first three collegiate seasons at Alabama, Hurts transferred and played at Oklahoma last season. While the Texas native enjoyed a great deal of success with the Crimson Tide, including winning a national championship in 2018 as a sophomore, his play took a significant leap with the Sooners.

Within head coach Lincoln Riley's offensive system, Hurts put up massive numbers in 2019 and finished second to LSU quarterback Joe Burrow in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Hurts completed 69.7 percent of his passes for 3,851 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions, and he also rushed for 1,298 yards and 20 touchdowns en route to leading Oklahoma to a Big 12 title and a College Football Playoff berth.

Oklahoma quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy and went No. 1 overall in the NFL draft in each of the past two seasons. Hurts won't follow in their footsteps in either regard.

His stock is undoubtedly rising, though, and it seems like a strong possibility that he could get taken as early as the second round.

The Chargers' interest in the 6'1", 222-pounder will likely depend on whether they take one of Tagovailoa, Herbert or Love at No. 6 overall in the first round. If they don't, Hurts could be on their radar at No. 37 overall in the second round or No. 71 in the third.

Green Bay reached the NFC Championship Game last season, so there may be some pressure on the Packers to land an instant impact player with the No. 30 pick so they can make a run at the Super Bowl in 2020.

If the Packers pass on Hurts at that spot, they could consider him at 62nd overall in the second or 94th overall in the third.

On Tuesday, ESPN's NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. predicted in his latest mock draft that the Pittsburgh Steelers will take Hurts 49th overall in the second round as the heir apparent to veteran starter Ben Roethlisberger.

Meanwhile, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller mocked Hurts to the Indianapolis Colts with the No. 34 overall pick in the second round to learn behind Philip Rivers.

That speaks to how Hurts is now being viewed, and it may mean that he will have a legitimate chance to be an NFL starting quarterback in the near future.