Name: Jalen Hurd
CONFERENCE: Big 12
POSITION: Wide Receiver
JERSEY: No. 84
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 229 lbs
PROS: Legitimate NFL size and athleticism. In lone season as a full time wide receiver, has produced enough splash plays to suggest his development can be exponential at the position. Length in his arms allows quarterback some margin for error, and gives Hurd potential in the redzone. Background as a running back makes him a yards after catch machine. Flawlessly transitions from receiver to runner. Contact balance and shiftiness in space. Experience in the backfield allows him to be used in a variety of offensive roles as a runner.
Easy, natural hands as a pass catcher despite lack of experience in that role. Effortless ball skills that allow him to high point passes. Refined hand placement of a lifelong wide receiver. Flashes of elite body control in space and while tracking the ball. Accelerates out of breaks with ease, with sudden movements and violent steps. Developing as a route runner, has shown improvements in threatening defensive backs leverage before breaking into route. Can have defined cuts, especially when given free releases at the line of scrimmage or in the slot. Innate ability to stack defensive backs and allow for space vertically, separating with his long speed and allowing for clean catchpoints.
CONS: Predictably some raw aspects to his game at the wide receiver position. Struggles to generate power out of his stance, and needs to take time to load his legs before accelerating. While developing in how he stems defensive backs, can struggle to process zone coverage and work into windows. His athleticism allows him to get away with small technique issues, but there will still be a learning curve for Hurd to become a technician at the next level.
Struggles to block in space, rarely cutting off pursuit and maintaining position. Lack of drive to move defensive backs, and rarely find work after his RPO routes. Can still struggle to diagnose different coverages on the fly. Has minimal experience facing press coverage because of the conference he plays in and his role in the offense. Will need to prove this ability in order to play on the outside at the next level.