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Redskins Select Maurice Hurt, Guard From Florida

Posted by Matt Terl on April 30, 2011 – 5:52 pm

With the 217th pick overall, the Redskins select Maurice Hurt, a guard out of Florida. He’s another guy I don’t know much about, but here are two things I can say for certain:

  • 1) He has a terrific name for an offensive lineman (or any football player, really).
  • 2) I will feel much safer walking to my car in the Redskins Park parking lot tonight knowing that we’ve selected at least one offensive lineman. The fans — at least on Twitter — were becoming restless.

Oh, and I know this: draft analyst Rob Rang had some nice things to say about Mr. Hurt:

Underrated: Maurice Hurt, Florida: There are two significant reasons why Hurt hasn’t received more attention. For one, he plays on the same line as Mike Pouncey and two other senior Gator offensive linemen who could get drafted, so credit was tough to come by. Secondly, he has a bad body. Quite frankly, the 6-2 5/8, 318-pounder is round. That said, he has surprisingly long arms for his frame (third among all interior OL tested at the combine), which the tape proves he uses well in pass protection and in the running game. Don’t be surprised when Hurt is drafted on the third day of the draft, but he winds up outperforming some prospects taken much earlier. – Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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More On Maryland Running Back Da'Rel Scott

Posted by Matt Terl on March 18, 2011 – 2:30 pm

Jordan Beane was the Redskins Blog’s NFL Combine correspondent. The Combine was where head coach Mike Shanahan first directly alluded to Clinton Portis’s likely departure — a departure which has since become reality, emphasizing the possible need for a new running back in D.C. Da’Rel Scott is a running back from the nearby University of Maryland, who put up the fastest RB time at the Combine. Given all of that, you might’ve thought that an interview with Scott would be something that Beane would’ve at least mentioned if not posted about.

You — and I — would’ve been fundamentally wrong. After Wednesday’s Maryland Pro Day — at which Scott was one of the stars — Beane mentioned that he had a Scott piece lying around and asked if I wanted it. Since it appears below, you can guess how I answered.

The day before he was set to begin his drill work at the Combine, Maryland running back Da’rel Scott laid out his goals.

“Just test well, because I’ve been testing pretty well where I train at so I just got to be consistent,” Scott said. “Just stay consistent, bench good, run the forty good and do all the other tests.”

Scott then went ahead and ran the forty in 4.34 seconds, faster than any other offensive player at the Combine. I’d say that’s testing pretty well. Read more »

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Notes From The Maryland Pro Day

Posted by Matt Terl on March 17, 2011 – 1:26 pm

Some notes and observations from the University of Maryland’s Pro Day Wednesday.

A Quick Pro Day Overview

For those who are unfamiliar with the whole concept, Pro Days are essentially miniaturized scouting combines held by schools as a way of making their football talent available to pro scouts at a specific, organized time. There are a few theories behind the practice — athletes may perform better on their home practice fields is one that you hear a lot — but there’s another, more tangible reason: the scouts will come out to see the big ticket players — in this case WR Torrey Smith, RB Da’Rel Scott, and LB Adrian Moten — and might get a chance to see some less-touted players as well.

Smith, Scott, and Moten had all been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianpolis and had performed well there (Scott had the fastest 40 time for a running back at that event), but each came in to Wednesday with something to prove. Meanwhile, guys like CB Michael Carter, OL Paul Pinegar, WR Emani Lee-Odai, and plenty of others hoped to show enough to catch some attention and start carving out a pro career.

Da’Rel Scott’s Hands

Scott may have run a 4.34 40 at the Combine — good enough that he didn’t feel compelled to run again on Wednesday — but he still knew perfectly well what the knock on him is … and, by extension, what he had to show. “Catching out of the backfield,” he said. “Yeah, that was definitely my focus.”

It’s something he’s been working on since the Combine. Read more »

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