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June 06, 2020

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Jalen Hurts

During this dead period of the offseason, we'll be comparing each of the Eagles' rookies to current NFL players. On Wednesday we started with Jalen Reagor. Today we'll take a look at second-round quarterback Jalen Hurts.

This may lack some creativity, but the player who Hurts most reminds me of is Cowboys QB Dak Prescott. First, their measurables:

Measurable Jalen HurtsDak Prescott 
 Height6'1 6'2 
 Weight222 226 
 Hand size9 3/4" 10 7/8" 
 40 yard dash4.59 4.79 
 Vertical jump35" 32 1/2" 
 Broad jump125" 116" 

Hurts and Prescott have similar builds, and obviously, they can both do damage with their legs, with Hurts having an edge athletically. They also had their share of similarities coming out of college.

• Both players were thought of as having outstanding leadership skills, toughness, and poise. Poise counts!

• Durability. Both players never miss games.

• Both are pass-first quarterbacks, who use their athleticism as a weapon when plays break down, and both are adept and making throws on the run after escaping the pocket.

• Both players' intermediate-to-deep passing accuracy improved significantly as their college careers progressed.

• Their career college rushing numbers were similar. Note that they both scored over 40 touchdowns on the ground:

 QBRush Yards YPC TD 
 Jalen Hurts, Bama/OU614 3274 5.3 43 
 Dak Prescott/MSU536 2521 4.7 41 

They also both have a similar running style, as their powerful legs allow them to run through tackles. That has made Prescott a rushing threat near the end zone in the NFL (21 career rushing TDs with Dallas), and Hurts should be a threat in close as well. 

• They both played on high-profile teams. Mississippi State was the No. 1 ranked team in the country for more than a month in 2014 with Prescott as its quarterback, and Hurts obviously played for two powerhouses in Alabama and Oklahoma. The jump from the college level to the pros was not a culture shock for Prescott, and it won't be for Hurts either.

A look at Prescott at Mississippi State:

And Hurts: 

I hadn't actually thought of this until looking at each player side-by-side (and certainly this did not factor into the Eagles' drafting of him), but Hurts is so similar to Prescott, in my opinion, that early in his career he will give the Eagles' defense a great look on the scout team during Dallas week.

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