2020 NFL Mock Draft: Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts
Where will Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts go in the 2020 NFL Draft?
That is the question college and professional football fans are asking this week after ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay came out with a brutal assessment of the Sooners star.
“I don’t have any beef with Jalen Hurts,” McShay said.
“Look at how they’ve played and look at what he’s done. Obviously he’s starting to rise up boards and get attention from NFL scouts.
“But you also have to look at who they’ve played and the system he’s in and how many wide-open receivers he’s throwing to,” he continued.
“We’re going to get to see a lot more in terms of playing tougher defenses.
“Texas, I know the secondary is banged up and they’ve given up a lot of pass yards, but it’s a more athletic group.
“Iowa State, at Baylor, we’re going to see more in terms of defenses and him having to throw into tight windows.”
According to McShay, as things currently stand, Hurts is definitely not a first round draft pick.
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“He absolutely is playing well,” McShay said.
“Look at the numbers. You see the numbers, but I don’t think he’s moved all the way up into that top-five quarterback rankings.
“Certainly not a first rounder at this point.
“He’s got a lot more developing to do as a passer, but we’re seeing more out of him this year than we saw throughout his years at Alabama.”
Mel Kiper Jr., for what it is worth, seems to disagree with his colleagues’s assessment.
“I’m more optimistic here,” he said.
“I don’t think Hurts is going to be a first-round pick, but he could land in Round 2 if he keeps playing this well.
“I want to see him against the Longhorns and better competition the rest of the way.
“Remember, he is doing this for an OU team that replaced four starters along the offensive line and lost its best receiver in Marquise Brown, who was drafted in Round 1 by the Baltimore Ravens.
“I don’t think Hurts is a fluke. He’s legit.”
This weekend, Hurts will have a chance to prove McShay and all other naysayers wrong when Oklahoma faces off in its biggest game of the season against the Texas Longhorns.