James Hurst, what an adventure you've turned out to be. I sort of feel bad for Hurst. He started out as an upstart and promising offensive tackle at North Carolina University. In 2010, he earned freshman All-American honors and then proceeded to earn Second-team All-ACC in 2011. Then earned First-team All-ACC in 2012 and 2013. He was looked at as a possible 1st round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Sadly, he suffered a broken leg in the 2013 Belk Bowl, which plummeted his draft status from potential 1st round pick, to an undrafted free agent. He signed with the Ravens in 2014 and many Ravens fans believed he was a possible steal.
Unfortunately, that has not been the case. Hurst has not only been one the worst offensive lineman on the Ravens over the last two seasons, but he's been one of the worst offensive lineman in the NFL. He has never reclaimed his North Carolina form and his Ravens career culminated in the worst way possible. You all know what I'm talking about. Last year against the then St. Louis Rams on the final drive of the game, Hurst was pushed down to the ground by Rams defensive end Matt Longacre, and in the process, landed on quarterback Joe Flacco. Resulting in Flacco tearing his ACL. Hurst was later benched in favor of moving offensive guard Kelechi Osemele to left tackle for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Things got even more difficult for Hurst during the 2016 offseason and has landed him on the bubble. The Ravens drafted Ronnie Stanley with the 6th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft and then later drafted OT/OG Alex Lewis. The most telltale sign of Hurst's current status with the team was when Stanley left last Saturday's practice with an injury, the man who took over for him was Alex Lewis.
The team has been experimenting with Hurst at left guard, but the team has much less of a need for him at guard then tackle. Hurst must put on a solid preseason to even be considered for the 53-man roster, let alone make it. The pressure is on for the former Tar Heel.