Arm Accuracy - More of a general accuracy passer than precision oriented. Touch throws tend to sail on him, hasn't found the handle on all arm slots and angles just yet. Like his accuracy when he's rolling right or upright and in rhythm. Hits targets over the middle in stride most consistently.
Decision Making - Has had some nasty lapses when working through extended plays, would like to see more commitment to taking profits and not trying to force ball. Ball security as a ball carrier needs improvement. Can get caught throwing into zones on over routes and long developing plays.
Progressions - Bit of a visual passer and as a result he can be slow to work off primary reads at times. Too often he'll lock into preferred target or his best player and freelance before he's got an available throwing window to slot a throw. Will need some coaching up in this regard.
Anticipation - Thought he missed some opportunities, particularly crossing over the deeper portions of the field, to feel soft spaces developing and hit targets in rhythm. More comfortable on spot throws in MOF and when going vertical as compared to working through intermediate traffic.
Poise - Smooth as the other side of the pillow. His lapses in ball security come from trying to do too much or too much faith in his arm, not because of panic or discomfort under duress. Thrives in backyard scramble drill and thrives with the ball in his hands as a ball carrier, too.
Arm Strength - He's got plenty of juice, regardless of whether he's stressed in the pocket and forced to push one out with all arm or able to step and stride into his pass Capable of pushing the ball downfield with comfort and isn't prone to hanging the ball in the air when going vertical.
Pocket Awareness - Would like to know where he hides the eyes in the back of his head -- instincts within the pocket are A1 and love the way he slides or flushes through open gaps to escape rushers. Makes some really unique plays to hold and extend -- if you're willing to live with the good and the bad.
Mechanics - He's got the arm power to get away with nontraditional release points and platforms. Makes a living on extended plays and has little issue with getting the ball out under duress. Very clean natural motion in clean pocket delivery, where he's most accurate with consistency.
Footwork - He's light on his feet, which allows him to pivot, redirect and accelerate out of the path of pass rushers. Like how nimble he is, although he'd do well to be more attentive to snapping himself back into balanced base once he's flushed off his spot to help his accuracy.
Mobility - Will kill you with his legs if you leave him in man and don't contain rush him. QB power and dive plays are very much on the table for teams who want to implement QB run drill. Would be well weaponized in offensive with a lot of roll outs, RPO and zone read.
Best Trait - Mobility
Worst Trait - Progressions
Best Film - Texas Tech (2019)
Worst Film - Houston (2019)
Red Flags - None
Player Summary - QB Jalen Hurts is a transfer from Alabama who has steadily progressed as a passer -- he still has limitations but the improvement he's shown over his last 3 seasons is notable, the arrow is pointing in the right direction. Hurts is a perfect Day 2 QB in today's NFL, where he can shine via on extended plays, mobility, play-making ability and comfort off script. Hurts' general accuracy may temper his overall ceiling but he's a developmental starter caliber player.