3. Some things aren’t measured by statistics. Here’s a quick look at the intangibles.
Most importantly, Hurts is a respected locker room presence and an ultimate winner. He compiled a 38-4 record in his 42 collegiate starts, and after being benched for a true freshman at Alabama, Hurts did nothing but support his teammate as a mentor. He’s a mature and hard-working prospect who will not fail at the next level because of his work ethic.
The one knock on Hurts’ game and the area where we might see failure comes because his passing game hasn’t developed to where it should be. At times, Hurts reads the field slowly and there’s a lack of anticipation in his throws. He’s quick to pull the ball and run if his first read isn’t available, which will likely frustrate coach Doug Pederson if Hurts is forced into game action.
He’ll need to improve his ability to move defenders with his eyes and find his secondary reads if he wants to be successful at the NFL level.
Verdict: Overall, Hurts is a developmental prospect who has the tools and the work ethic to develop into a starting quarterback someday. It’s unlikely that happens soon, but his development as Wentz’s back-up quarterback will be a storyline to watch moving forward.