Mike Shanahan selected 21 players in the 2011 and 2012 drafts, and the 17 who remain on the roster are set to enter a critical stage in their development. In the coming weeks, Redskins Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will take a look at what those players have accomplished thus far and what they still must do in order to solidify their status in the NFL.
Who: Maurice Hurt
Position: Offensive line
Draft year/round/pick: 2011/7th/217th
Career to date:
Hurt was taken as a developmental offensive tackle late in the 2011 draft and he was expected to spend the season either on the 53-man roster but inactive on game days or on the practice squad. He started the year on the practice squad but circumstances forced him to develop a whole lot faster than the team anticipated. The Redskins lost starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger to a knee injury in the fifth game of the season. After trying some other solutions they promoted Hurt to the active roster and pressed him into duty in Lichtensteiger’s spot.
Hurt didn’t play great in his eight starts in 2011. In fact, “solid” might even be a stretch. But he was respectable for a seventh-round pick who changed positions and was thrust into the lineup in the middle of the season and that is about all the Redskins could hope for.
Since then, Hurt has not done much. He did fill in at right tackle for a concussed Tyler Polumbus in a key Week 16 game in Philadelphia in 2012. Again, his play was respectable for being pressed into spot duty. The 2013 season was totally lost for Hurt as he had an arthroscopic knee surgery during OTAs, something that usually sidelines players for a few weeks, maybe a month or so. But, for reasons that were never fully explained by Mike Shanahan, Hurt spent the entire season on the PUP list as a result.
Outlook for 2014:
With very limited film from the last two years to go on, Hurt is going to have his work cut out for him if he wants to impress the new coaching staff. He does not possess one of those chiseled physiques and he probably never will but showing up considerably lighter than he did in 2013.
If he can do that, there certainly would be no reason not to keep him around and give him a shot at making the team. His chances of doing that are largely up to him.