In a slightly surprising move, the Las Vegas Raiders parted ways with their former 2018 fifth round pick Maurice Hurst. The move was seen as a cost cutting initiative that along with a couple other moves saved the Raiders over $4 million in cap space. The talented defensive lineman is now looking for a new home and the New Orleans Saints should be showing interest in the former Michigan standout.
While his role had declined last season due to ankle and calf injuries, as an ancillary piece Hurst could provide much value. His specializes in rushing the passer and nothing is more disruptive to an offense than pressure up the middle. In his 41 games played with the Raiders, Hurst has recorded 76 tackles, 8 sacks, an interception, and 2 fumble recoveries.
Maurice Hurst: 78.3 career PFF pass-rush grade— PFF (@PFF) April 15, 2021
2nd among interior DL in the 2018 Draft class pic.twitter.com/Sf0ZUmFb9e
One of the strengths for the Saints last season was their defensive line depth. Due to salary cap concerns the Saints had to let go defensive line pieces such as Sheldon Rankins, Malcom Brown (who the Saints traded to Jacksonville), and Trey Hendrickson. A talented guy like Hurst could help bolster that line and continue the line of scrimmage success the team has experienced over the past few seasons. Hurst was originally projected as a first round pick back in 2018 until concerns over two irregular EKGs at the combine caused his draft stock to tumble. At only 26 years old Hurst could be a low risk, high reward proposition for the Saints.
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