Jalen Hurts: 2020 NFL Draft stock, possible landing spots

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What Jalen Hurts has done so far in 2019?

Dating back to his time at Alabama, the mobility of Jalen Hurts has long been a game-changer. That has not changed since he joined the Oklahoma Sooners. In six games this season, Hurts has 74 rushes for 630 yards and eight touchdowns. Make no mistake, he’s a player that can burn you with his speed but is also strongly built to absorb contact and break tackles when he does take off.

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What has been the true head-turning revelation in the 2019 college football season, though, has been Hurts’ improvement as a passer. That obviously shows in the production that he’s put forth. Hurts has completed 71.5 percent of his throws, up from 62.8 and 60.6 percent in his two seasons starting at Alabama. And he’s made those throws count for the Sooners as well.

Hurts already has 1,758 passing yards on the season to go with 17 touchdowns and three interceptions. While playing in the offense of Lincoln Riley has undeniably helped, the performance of Hurts is undeniable. He’s been a near-perfect decision-maker when throwing, has improved his accuracy tremendously, has highlighted nice arm-strength on deep throws and, perhaps most importantly, has performed beautifully under pressure.

When you think of a dual-threat quarterback, the traditional mold was a limited passer that relied on his legs too much. That seemed to be the book on Hurts entering this season. But looking at what he’s done so far in the 2019 season, he’s much more than that. This is a player with viable NFL talent as a passer and he makes himself even more dangerous with his ability to take off and run.