Round 4, pick 134
Original selection: RB Chase Edmonds
Re-draft selection: DL Maurice Hurst
Maurice Hurst was supposed to be a first-round pick in the 2018 draft, but a heart condition helped his stock plummet all the way to the Raiders in the fifth. However, in this re-draft, we take a chance on the talented Michigan product to create one of the scariest young defensive lines in the NFL.
At Michigan, Hurst showed dominate traits including an ability to both rush the passer and stop the run on a consistent basis; a rare blend for an interior lineman. In the NFL, we’ve seen the same player that can take over games by himself. In 13 games played, Hurst tallied 4.0 sacks, 31 tackles, three tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.
Per PFF, Hurst finished the year with an above average grade of 72.1, but his grade doesn’t do him justice for just how good he can be. While the 6-1, 292-pound lineman might not have the biggest frame, he’s explosive, quick and refined in terms of pass-rushing body technique. Against the run, Hurst has shown an ability to detect where the ball is going and make a play immediately as well.
The former Michigan lineman might be a risk due to his health issues and size that might not fit in the 3-4, but he was also one of the most talented players in the 2018 draft class. For the Cardinals taking a fictional shot at the talented lineman a round early is a smart move to bolster their defensive line.