Despite the fact that he’s a former national champion and Heisman Trophy runner up, Jalen Hurts is not among the most talked-about prospects for next week’s NFL Draft. He’s an intriguing player, no doubt, but thanks to the top-loaded quarterback class he’s not a name we’ve heard too much about compared to other players.
Hurts was beyond impressive during his years at both Alabama and Oklahoma, but he isn’t believed to be a first-round prospect. He’s got the size at 6-foot-2 and resume of an eventual first-round pick, but there are question marks surrounding him given the systems he played in during college.
Having said that, there are plenty of teams around the NFL that are in need of a quarterback and according to Ian Rapoport, two interesting teams have emerged as interested in Hurts. Neither the Chargers or Packers are shopping for starting quarterbacks, but they do present interesting situations to groom a young quarterback into an eventual starter down the line.
The Chargers appear to be keen on starting Tyrod Taylor under center next season, but adding Hurts to the fold could put a bit of pressure on him. When it comes to Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers isn’t going anywhere, but he will turn 37-years-old in December and Hurts learning from one of the best for a couple of seasons could be a great move for both parties involved.
Hurts finished his college career with 123 total touchdowns and just 20 interceptions in 56 career games.