Former Michigan Wolverines defensive tackle Maurice Hurst got some great news recently. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the first-round prospect met with a couple of cardiologists who cleared him to return to all football activities, including Michigan’s Pro Day on Friday:
Michigan’s potential first-round pick Mo Hurst has met with cardiologists at University of Michigan and Harvard, and they have cleared him to resume playing football, per league source. Hurst will do a full workout at Michigan's pro day on Friday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 22, 2018
Hurst was medically flagged at the NFL Combine a few weeks ago after tests revealed a heart irregularity. He was diagnosed with an unspecified heart condition and was not able to run drills in Indianapolis, causing several analysts to wonder whether his NFL career was in danger. Subsequently, his name disappeared from one-round mock drafts over the past couple weeks.
But this news should probably be enough to make his draft stock rise again. Star defensive tackle Star Lotulelei went through a similar conundrum back in 2013. After being excused from the Combine because of a heart condition, Lotulelei was medically cleared just a few weeks after and ended up getting drafted 14th overall. He just signed a five-year, $50 million deal with the Bills.
Hurst is a particularly interesting prospect, not just because he played locally in college, but because he could fill a big need for the Detroit Lions. While Detroit has been active in resolving their defensive tackle problems this offseason, they still don’t have an interior three-tech that specializes in rushing the passer. That’s Hurst’s specialty, as he was an absolute terror to opposing quarterbacks, posting 5.0 and 5.5 sacks in his junior and senior years respectively.
Many expect Hurst to go right around the Lions’ position at 20th overall, so he is very much in play for Detroit. In fact, the Detroit Free Press has the Lions selecting Hurst in their latest mock draft. We’ll see if that ends up being the pick, but after today’s news, it is certainly a little more likely.