Because of an existing heart condition, Maurice Hurst fell all the way to the fifth round of the draft before being scooped up by the Raiders.
Judging by an appearance he made on Sirius XM NFL this week, Hurst isn’t happy about his draft tumble and can’t wait to make teams pay for passing on him it:
“31 teams didn’t want me and just take that and let it motivate me every game that I play. Just work and make teams regret that.”
In the same segment Hurst confirmed a few details of his condition that had previously been reported:
“Just an irregular heartbeat. I don’t think it’s anything of concern for myself or any other team. So, the Raiders, it’s something we have to get checked up every year and just make sure everything’s good.
It’s something where you just trust the doctors that took you in and reviewed all your medical. Just like anything else, just like an injury or anything like, it’s just something where you trust your doctor’s judgement to allow you to stay on the field.”
Hurst’s statement essentially lined up with what Reggie McKenzie said after the draft. Hurst passed his physical with the Raiders and he’ll be re-evaluated each year.
A report last week offered a quote from an anonymous employee of another team (not the Raiders) stating that it was “irresponsible” for the Raiders to draft Hurst.
Dr. David Chao, who was previously the San Diego Chargers team doctor and now occasionally writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune, basically labeled it as “irresponsible” for a team employee to call the Raiders “irresponsible” for drafting a player cleared to play by some of the top medical professionals in the country:
“Hurst played collegiately at Michigan and had UM doctors and Harvard doctors clear him. Clearly, some think he is fine to play. It seems true some teams removed Hurst from their draft board, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play football.
Nick Fairley had a known heart condition, played six season with the Lions and Rams and even passed a physical to play one year in New Orleans before being ruled out with a heart issue by the same Saints doctors that initially passed him.
I am not saying the Fairley and Hurst cardiac issues are comparable, but if the Raiders can safely get six seasons out of Hurst, that would be a great return.
If the Raiders discover there is a risk of Hurst “droping dead” I would expect the doctors, team and his family would all rule him out. No money is worth that risk for a player – especially not fifth-round money.”
For what it’s worth, Hurst’s motor looked like it was working at full capacity in college…
If Mo Hurst is healthy the #Raiders just got the steal of the draft as of right now, Top 20 player in the 5th round. Similar situation with Arden key and his red flags. Our draft is boom or bust but if its boom, it's atomic. #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/60n5w3UCww
— Alan Dixon (@AlanDxn) April 28, 2018
My goodness Maurice Hurst. pic.twitter.com/gtWfbxDEBa
— Derek Tyson (@DerekJTyson) January 1, 2018
A great in-depth analysis of Hurst’s skill set and fit into Paul Guenther’s defense was put together in March by Ted Nguyen in The Athletic (paid content). It is well worth the read if you happen to have access.