The 49ers signed former Raiders defensive lineman Maurice Hurst on Thursday, hoping to fortify a defensive line that dealt with numerous injuries throughout the 2020 season.
Hurst was let go by the Raiders after three seasons with the franchise. He started 17 of the 41 games he played in for the Silver and Black. Although the Raiders' front office decided they didn't want to bring the 25-year-old back, the numbers show Hurst was a valuable commodity on the defensive line in his trio of NFL seasons, and gives the 49ers some depth at a critical position.
He excelled at putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks when rushing the passer.
Per Pro Football Focus, Hurst was a very solid player for Las Vegas, and was able to win matchups with offensive linemen at an impressive rate.
Hurst was a fifth-round draft pick in coach Jon Gruden's first draft class after beginning his second stint with the franchise..
After seeing what 49ers defensive line coach Kris Kocurek was able to do with Kerry Hyder Jr. in 2020, don't be surprised if the team finds a way to maximize the talents of Hurst in a 49ers uniform.