Jalen Hurts is one of the most interesting quarterback prospects entering the 2020 NFL Draft.
He began his career at Alabama but transferred to Oklahoma for his final year of eligibility as Tua Tagovailoa established himself as the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback.
Mock drafts are all over the place on trying to project where Hurts will land in the draft. Some of them have him going as high as the second round, while others see him as more of a third- or fourth-round selection.
The Patriots need to figure out their long-term plan at quarterback regardless of what Tom Brady decides in free agency. Hurts is an intriguing option for the Patriots if they want to select a QB, and he was asked about Brady at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday.
Oklahoma/Alabama QB Jalen Hurts on Tom Brady: “He’s the greatest. ... I wouldn’t mind being able to learn from one of the best.”— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) February 25, 2020
Hurts was one of the best mobile quarterbacks in college football last season. He completed 69.7 percent of his passes for 3,851 yards with 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 1,298 yards with 20 rushing touchdowns. Hurts absolutely is worth drafting in the first few rounds and would make a solid backup/third-stringer for the Patriots or any other team.
Lamar Jackson's MVP-winning 2019 season could change how people in the NFL view dual-threat quarterbacks, and that might be good news for Hurts with the draft not too far away. Jackson is a better passer than Hurts, but you could make the case the Sooners star is more athletic. In addition to his obvious talent, Hurts also played in a ton of pressure-packed games for Alabama and Oklahoma, so he knows what it's like to play in must-win matchups.
It'll be interesting to see where Hurts goes in the draft, but given his talent and experience, it wouldn't be shocking to see a team take a chance on him sooner than most would expect.