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Hayden Hurst
Rec Yards TD
44 559 2
Team: South Carolina GamecocksHeight: 6-5 Born: 8/24/1993
Position: TEWeight: 250 Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report

OVERVIEW

Branded as a future MLB star at a young age, Hurst (and his 95 mph fastball) lived up those expectations, leading The Bolles School to a pair of state baseball titles. The Pittsburgh Pirates offered him a $400,000 signing bonus and made Hurst the team's 17th-round pick in the 2012 MLB draft.

However, after only two seasons in the Pirates' farm system, Hurst was looking for a change. He developed the "yips" and could no longer throw with accuracy off the mound. He tried moving positions, but to no avail.

Not ready to give up his dream of playing professional sports, Hurst returned to football (he played one season of high school football as a blocking wideout). He walked on at South Carolina, where he flourished at tight end, catching 100 passes over the past three seasons. Hurst holds the school record for receptions by a tight end.

ANALYSIS

With his physically impressive frame, Hurst is dominant at the catch point, using strong hands and focus to overwhelm defenders and secure the football. His play speed will threaten the seam, but the technical points of his game require refinement. This is no surprise given his late return to the game. However, Hurst flashes a competitive demeanor after the catch to barrel through contact, making it a chore for tacklers to get him on the ground.

A powerful blocker, Hurst loves to isolate and bully his target, clearing run lanes and driving his man off the screen. Although he is an older prospect (25 in August), he was a two-year team captain for the Gamecocks and already understands what it takes to be a professional. His blend of size, strength and toughness are imperative to playing the position at a high level and his skill set is NFL-ready.

PROJECTION

Second round

--Field Level Media


Career Passing Stats

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int Sacked Yds
2016 SCar  13 2 2 100.0 21 10.5 0 0 0 0
2017 SCar  13 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Career   38 2 3 66.7 21 7.0 0 0 0 0

Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2015 SCar  12 0 0 - 0 8 106 13.3 0
2016 SCar  13 2 9 4.5 0 48 616 12.8 1
2017 SCar  13 9 30 3.3 1 44 559 12.7 2
Career   38 11 39 3.5 1 100 1281 12.8 3

Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2015 SCar  12 0
2016 SCar  13 0
Career   38 0

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
9/2/2017 NCSU 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 1 -2 -2.0 0 0
9/9/2017 @ Missou 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 2 2.0 1 2 3 69 23.0 1 39
9/16/2017 Kty 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 4 39 9.8 0 19
9/23/2017 LaTech 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 3 39 13.0 0 18
9/30/2017 @ TexA&M 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 6 76 12.7 0 27
10/7/2017 Ark 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 2 12 6.0 0 13 2 76 38.0 1 62
10/14/2017 @ Tenn 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 4 4.0 0 4 0 0 - 0 -
10/28/2017 Vandy 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 6 6.0 0 6 4 31 7.8 0 16
11/4/2017 @ UGa 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 7 93 13.3 0 35
11/11/2017 Fla 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 11 11.0 0 11 5 59 11.8 0 23
11/18/2017 Wof 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 1 1.0 0 1 3 10 3.3 0 6
11/25/2017 Clem 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 3 28 9.3 0 16
1/1/2018 Mich 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 2 -6 -3.0 0 0 3 41 13.7 0 23
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