The Tennessee Titans are showing interest in a 2019 NFL Draft prospect with deep ties to the state.
A source tells A to Z Sports that Baylor wide receiver Jalen Hurd, who started his collegiate career as a tailback at the University of Tennessee, will be visiting the Titans later this week. Hurd is flying into Nashville late Tuesday night.
Since Hurd’s hometown is Hendersonville, TN, he likely will not count against the Titans’ limit of 30 pre-draft prospect visits. However, that issue is not completely clear at this time.
UPDATE: Hurd’s visit with the Titans is not a local visit. Rather, it is Top 30 visit and will count toward that total for the team.
Hurd was a star prep athlete at Beech High School in Hendersonville, capping off his superb career with a 394 rushing yards, seven touchdown performance in the state championship as a junior (missed his senior season with shoulder surgery). Named a five-star recruit by multiple scouting platforms, Hurd decided to attend the University of Tennessee to play college ball.
His time in Tennessee came to a controversial hault. Following a shaky start to his junior season that many attributed to a poor scheme fit, Hurd announced his plan to transfer out of Knoxville. He was on pace to become the Vols all-time leading rusher and a potential high NFL Draft pick.
After sitting out for a year, as mandated by NCAA transfer rules, Hurd arrived at Baylor and converted from a tailback to a wide receiver. In his one year as a pass catcher in college, Hurd surpassed 1,000 scrimmage yards and scored 7 total touchdowns.
While Hurd is a stellar athlete who did well in making the transition from tailback to receiver, questions remain about his ability to handle the nuances of his new position. Draft analyst Gennady Gusak wrote, “[Hurd] looks to be going 100% on every play, at times to a fault when it would benefit him to change and adjust speeds in and out of routes.”
It will be interesting to see where Hurd ends up in the 2019 NFL Draft, which is just two weeks away.
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