The announcement of running back Jalen Hurd’s choice to transfer from Tennessee leads to an obvious question: What does the move mean for his NFL future?
Barton Simmons of 247Sports spoke with a few NFL personnel department sources, and they offered split opinions on Hurd’s future. That’s not too surprising, given how subjective judging NFL-quality talent can be.
One source said the transfer will hurt Hurd’s draft stock.
“That’s a bad choice,” the source told Simmons. “He didn’t fall that far [on NFL boards]. He’s always been that type of guy [with off-field question marks]. More hype on him because he has unusual size. Too many good backs this year and he is behind all of them.”
But the other source said Hurd will be fine.
“He’ll find work,” the source told Simmons. “He ain’t tough but there’s a ton of those at this level. If he can go 10-14 touches a game, minimum value he’s a [round 5-7 pick].”
It will be fascinating to see what happens to Hurd. He ran for 2,638 yards with 20 touchdowns during his career in Knoxville. But he had only 451 yards with three touchdowns on 122 carries this season.
All choices have consequences. At the very least, Hurd can expect NFL teams to ask him why he decided to cut short his Tennessee career.