Raiders weigh risk, reward in grabbing Maurice Hurst in fifth round

Raiders weigh risk, reward in grabbing Maurice Hurst in fifth round

With the No. 140 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected Maurice Hurst, defensive lineman out of MI after a trade with the Colts.

The Raiders traded the No. 159 and 185 picks to the Colts in order to move up and select Hurst at No. 140.

It is easy to hate on how the Oakland Raiders are handling this year's NFL Draft, but we should not be so hasty.

Hurst was projected by many to go in the first round, but a heart condition revealed at the NFL Combine in February scared some teams away. "I'm just upset and disappointed teams decided not to pick me".

There were some notable players that fell out of the first round, making for a few great selections in Round 2.

Gruden's first haul since returning to coach the Raiders so far has included raw offensive tackles Kolton Miller (No. 15 overall) and Brandon Parker (No. 65 overall), unheralded defensive tackle P.J. Hurst dropped all the way to the fifth round because of a heart condition that was detected at the combine. Ideally, he said, Key fills that need. However Harvard doctors cleared Hurst and appeared to be confident heading into draft weekend. "I remember being done with his tape and thinking, 'You know, this guy is underrated, and he's got a lot of potential.'". He tweeted Friday night after going unselected in rounds 2 and 3 he was "just waiting for the right place", and he may be going to a ideal situation, joining a team that is loaded in the front seven. The team will keep monitoring him but he now has no limitations. Hall, who stands less than 6-foot-1 yet blocked 14 kicks in college, could factor on an interior pass rush that lost Denico Autry in free agency and added Hurst in the draft.

Hurst was an All-American and one of the most productive defensive players in the country last season. Hurst ranked as the No. 3 player on Pro Football Focus, behind Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, coming into the draft. "The one thing that this staff has, they have a vision". We've done a lot of research on him and he has a lot to prove. but at the end of the third round, we feel like it's a gamble worth taking and this young man has some qualities that are rare. Off the field issues and a mediocre senior season led him to fall in the draft. He will be able to push the pocket and take some of the pressure off Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. Hall totaled 86.5 tackles for loss and 42 sacks in college - albeit against FCS competition.

He sat out the 2016 season as a transfer from Hawaii. Nelson played some wide receiver in high school, but he had no career interceptions in the 2014 and 2015 seasons at Hawaii and last season at Wisconsin.

They've taken some gambles.

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