The first round of the 2017 NFL draft is underway and it’s been an interesting one to say the least.
Three wide receivers were selected in the top 10: Corey Davis (Titans), Mike Williams (Chargers) and John Ross (Bengals). Moments after the top 10 picks were selected, Vol Twitter got quite a surprise.
Former Vol running back Jalen Hurd transferred from Tennessee in the middle of the 2016 season and just recently chose to attend Baylor. One of the complaints Hurd had while at UT was that he wasn’t used enough in power run situations, mainly I-formation concepts. We all learned soon after that Hurd was interested in switching to play receiver. Well, it seems Hurd really is looking to play that position and defended the position during the draft.
Hurd was about 600 yards from becoming UT’s all-time leading rusher and he decided to leave the team because he didn’t like the spread offense, then commits to a larger spread offense and then ends up switching to receiver at 240 lbs. Sorry, but a receiver needs to be able to break away from fast defensive backs. Hurd didn’t even have the speed to break away from certain linebackers and defensive linemen, so what makes him think he can be a valuable receiver in the NFL, let alone at a school with more problems than any other in NCAA history? As Houston Kress mentioned earlier this week, Jalen’s illogical decisions will end up costing him a lucrative career.