2. Maurice Hurst, Michigan
Career Statistics: 130 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 32 tackles for loss
Why Maurice Hurst Is Here On The List: Forget for a moment that he’s a wee bit undersized at 6-2 and around 285 pounds, he quick, active and disruptive as a terror behind the line.
He might not be an anchor, and he might never be a brutal rock of a run stuffer, but he’ll hold his own – but he’ll need bulk mass around him. His game will be about his motor, effort, and activity off the ball to annoy defensive linemen all game long.
Okay, so he’s got to be a 3-technique in the right system, and there will times when he gets engulfed, but he just spent the last few years as a leader of an elite run defense, and he’ll quickly adjust and figure out how to keep on producing.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Be really, really quick. His entire game is about his athleticism and speed, and he’s going to have to look the part. If he looks like everyone else in the workouts – especially the bigger guys – there’s a problem.
Bottom Line: Yeah, he’s not the biggest of space-eaters, but he makes up for it with his elite quickness and desire to be great. There might be a relatively short shelf life if he loses that twitch, but he’ll be a Pro Bowl-caliber talent for a few years.