As the latest 2018 NFL Draft rumors continue to swirl, there is some potentially troubling news for Michigan defensive lineman Maurice Hurst. According to ESPN draft guru Todd McShay, the 2017 All-American honoree is potentially set up for a draft day slide due to concerns NFL teams have over the nature of his heart condition.
Hurst was forced to miss the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis due to an irregular electrocardiogram, but he was ultimately cleared to participate in the Wolverines’ Pro Day. But that doesn’t appear to have eased the concerns of multiple franchises.
McShay has gone as far to say that the first-round talent could have to wait until Day 3 to hear his name called at the podium.
In fact, some teams have reportedly taken Hurst off their board completely.
“Because of the nature of his heart condition, several teams have taken him off their board. It’s a risk-reward issue, but he could fall into Day 3,” McShay said, via MaizenBrew.com.
If Hurst does fall into the final day of the draft, he could potentially turn out to be one of the biggest steals of 2018. Of course, teams who are interested in the defensive lineman have likely put him through their own thorough testing and know just how big of a risk they would be making.
We will have to see how far Hurst falls in the draft when it takes place from April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.