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James Hurst | Tackle

Team: North Carolina Tar Heels
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/17/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 305

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Ravens signed North Carolina OT James Hurst.
Hurst (6-foot-5 1/8, 296) made 48 starts at left tackle for the Heels, earning first-team All-ACC recognition from the conference's coaches as both a junior and senior. He was a second-team pick as a sophomore. Hurst was limited during the pre-draft process after fracturing his left fibula late last December, but is now fully healed. Although a lack of top-notch athleticism may push Hurst to the right side in the pros, he has left-tackle length (33 3/4-inch arms) and is a pro-ready run blocker. Right tackle is a weakness in Baltimore. Sun, May 11, 2014 02:43:00 PM

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UNC OT James Hurst worked out at Tuesday's pro day despite not being totally recovered from a broken left leg sustained in UNC's Belk Bowl win on Dec. 28.

It was a nice display of heart by Hurst (6-foot-5 3/8, 298 pounds), who obviously missed the combine while rehabilitating. Before Hurst fractured his fibula in late December, some scouts had a second- to third-round grade on him. The evaluation will now become more tricky. On Tuesday, with an ankle that was not 100-percent, Hurst did forties of 5.54 and 5.60 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.57 seconds, performed a 22-inch vertical jump and did 23 lifts on the bench. He also worked out in position drills.
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 06:49:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler stated that UNC senior T James Hurst will not participate in drills at the combine but will at his pro day.

"OT James Hurst won't do any drills at the Combine but will at his pro day. Just started walking again two weeks ago," Brugler tweeted. Before Hurst fractured his fibula in late December, some scouts had a second to third round grade on him. Hurst said he expects to be fully healthy for a complete workout regimen at North Carolina's pro day on March 25th.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 03:34:00 PM

UNC senior T James Hurst suffered a broken left leg in the school's 39-17 win over Cincinnati.

Hurst fractured his fibula, but it is a non-displaced injury. Many placed Hurst among the top offensive linemen in the country and a top-50 selection. We did not, but this could impact Hurst's evaluation. We will update you with a timetable when it is available.
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 08:10:00 PM

UNC senior T James Hurst ranks as Andy Staples' No. 14 overall prospect.

"Hurst has helped the Tar Heels to a three-game win streak," Staples writes. "The schedule has helped, but so has the fact that the three linemen alongside Hurst have grown up." This places Hurst as No. 4 prospect at the position. Many have reported scouts are high on Hurst, but we can't get over his narrow frame. His Senior Bowl week could be very telling.
Source: The MMQB
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 09:54:00 AM's Daniel Jeremiah believes UNC senior T James Hurst raised his stock against South Carolina.

Even though junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney did not line up over Hurst on every snap, they definitely put plays on tape for evaluators to review in the coming months. "The Gamecocks did move Clowney around in this contest, but he lined up over Hurst on plenty of occasions and the Tar Heels' left tackle more than held his own," Jeremiah writes. "He effectively ran Clowney around the quarterback when he tried to beat him outside. When faced with a power rush, Hurst displayed the balance, knee-bend and anchor to stall Clowney's charge." We think Clowney had a major impact on UNC's gameplan, with the Tar Heels seemingly running every play in the opposite direction than the star pass rusher.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 12:16:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah believes UNC senior T James Hurst "opens the gate too much."

Hurst "has quick feet but he needs to do a better job of staying square in his pass set," Jeremiah writes. Some are mentioning the Tar Heel as a possible top 50 selection, but we can't get behind that. Clowney might not dominate Hurst, but expect him to make a handful of splash plays on Thursday.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 12:06:00 PM

UNC's James Hurst ranks as former NFL scout Bucky Brooks' No. 13 overall player.

This places Hurst as the third best tackle behind Michigan's Taylor Lewan and Texas A&M's Jake Matthews. Hurst would join Jonathan Cooper, Brennan Williams, and Travis Bond as recent North Carolina offensive linemen selected in the draft.
Sun, May 5, 2013 05:48:00 PM