James Hurst could have been as high as a second-round pick during the recent NFL draft.
But a broken leg sustained in North Carolina's 39-17 Belk Bowl win against Cincinnati, hurt his draft stock and caused him to fall into the undrafted ranks. But as The Baltimore Sun reported, 17 teams were looking at Hurst as an undrafted free agent, all trying to find a value with a player that has some risk heading into the 2014 season.
The Ravens won out, with Hurst signing on. The situation could be beneficial for him too, as the one spot that could be up for grabs is at right tackle. Rick Wagner is slated to start right now, but Hurst very well could take the spot if he returns to the level he played at with the Tar Heels.
Speaking to reporters during his media availability at Baltimore's rookie minicamp, John Harbaugh didn't want to compare Hurst to the other undrafted lineman — Parker Graham and Brett Van Sloten. But he did seem intrigued by his ability, noting that he has a clean bill of health at this time.
"Hurst does look 100 percent, yes," Harbaugh said. "I saw nothing with the leg at all. He looked really good."
It would be quite the value grab if Hurst beat out last year's draft pick in Wagner for the right tackle spot. Hurst could project long-term as a left tackle too, though Eugene Monroe won't be relinquishing that role for quite some time.
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