Allen Hurns, the former two-star recruit from Miami Carol City High School, has exploded onto the NFL stage after an outstanding preseason with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
At the age of 22, Hurns stands at 6’3″, and although he weighs a meager 195 pounds, the undrafted rookie out of the University of Miami has been impressive as he looks to find a home in Jacksonville. Part of Hurns’ success has to do with his reunion with offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, who was his OC at Miami. Hurns made 26 starts for the Canes, racking up 121 career receptions for 1,891 yards and 14 touchdowns, earning him second team All-ACC as a senior.
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Below you will view video clips and/or screen shots in which I will breakdown Hurns as a football player. I will highlight his strengths and weaknesses, giving you, the reader, a better perspective on just who Hurns is on the football field, and most importantly, how he can help your dynasty teams in 2014 and beyond. The following clips and/or images will be from preseason game No. 3 against Detroit in which Hurns had seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Here you see Jacksonville lined up in 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR). The arrow is pointing at Hurns, man-to-man against press coverage.
As the play continues, Hurns and the defensive back remain locked together. This shows Hurns doesn’t have an elite burst or an arsenal of moves to beat defensive backs off the line of scrimmage. An arsenal can be coached, however, his burst cannot be.
Hurns is running a curl route on this particular play, and the defensive back is still in his hip pocket. The part that I’d like to highlight is the ability Hurns shows to stick his foot in the ground and stop at the top of his route. Not tipping off the defender to which route he is running, this skill set — his start and stop ability — is needed for Hurns to be successful at the NFL level due to his inability to separate off the line of scrimmage.
As you see above, Hurns creates just enough separation to make a clean catch. Personally, I would like to see him catch this ball away from his body to insure a cleaner catch. This play finishes with Hurns taking it to the end zone. Hurns stopped so sharply that the defender was out of place and over-pursued, which caused the defensive back to miss the tackle. Again, this is an impressive skill set.
In this play, Hurns runs a deep corner route, which is again against man-to-man coverage. Hurns creates a significant enough amount of separation that the defensive back either was caught looking in the backfield or just lost feel and sight of where Hurns was. The over-the-top help from the safety was also late to the party.
This is exactly what you want to see out of a wideout. Hurns shows the ability to track the ball over his head and extend his arms and hands, using only his hands while making a difficult catch — all while having the awareness of where the sideline is. An impressive catch and an impressive throw.
Allen Hurns is expected to make the Jags’ final 53-man roster, but the question to ask is: how does he impact the 2014 season? According to the Jaguars official depth chart, Marqise Lee and Cecil Shorts are your starting wide receivers. With Mike Brown being a reserve behind Shorts and Allen Robinson being a reserve behind Lee, Hurns is currently listed behind Brown, who went down with hamstring tightness during training camp. Based on what I have reviewed and watched over the course of the preseason, I expect Hurns to surpass Brown on the depth chart, leaving him only behind Shorts. Shorts has had a history of injuries, with the most significant being his multiple concussions, and he is also in the process of recovering from a hamstring injury. Shorts and Hurns rotated reps in the preseason game against Detroit. Hurns doesn’t currently have an ADP (average draft position), but that data is skewed because it is from before his superb performance in August.
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