News & Analysis

Premium Content Sign Up

Maurice Hurst continues his promising start in Oakland, dominates as a pass-rusher in Raiders' Week 2 victory

There was never any football reason to doubt Maurice Hurst‘s ability to disrupt the opposing passing game. That's why the Oakland Raiders got the steal of the 2018 NFL Draft when they swooped him up from freefall early in the fifth round.

An almost sure-bet first-round talent, Hurst's pass-rushing skill set was put on display for all to see during his time at the University of Michigan. In his three years as a starter in Ann Arbour (2015-17), Hurst earned single-season pass-rushing grades of 89.7, 90.3 and 91.0, respectively, making him the only interior defender in the nation to record three consecutive 88.0-plus pass-rush grades. In fact, he was the only interior defender in the nation to record more than one such grade.

Bowing out of college football with 113 total pressures (second among interior defenders), a four-year pass-rush grade of 92.8 (first), a four-year pass-rush win rate of 16.0% (third) and a four-year pass-rushing productivity of 9.1 (second), Hurst not only entered the 2018 NFL Draft as the highest-ranked interior defender but the third-highest player on our big board. And while a heart condition may have caused him to slip down draft boards last April, it's not stopped him from making an early impact in the Bay Area.

Image

[Editor’s Note: All of PFF’s advanced stats and grades for every NFL player are made available in PFF’s ELITE subscription. Subscribe today to gain access!]

Subscribe to PFF Edge to continue reading

Already have a subscription? Sign In

Know tomorrow, today. Western Southern Financial Group.
Sponsor

NFL Featured Tools

  • 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2021 draft class.

    Available with

    Edge
  • PFF's Big Board for the 2021 NFL Draft offers three-year player grades, combine measurables, position rankings, and in-depth player analysis for all of the top draft prospects.

    Available with

    Edge
  • PFF's exclusive metrics provide matchup previews, position rankings, grades, and snap counts.

    Available with

    Edge
  • Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data.

    Available with

    Elite
Pro Subscriptions

Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft

$9.99 / mo
$39.99 / yr

Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS

$34.99 / mo
$199.99 / yr