Round 7, Pick 215: Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor
With their last selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers take one of the more intriguing prospects in Baylor wide receiver Jalen Hurd. A running back at the University of Tennessee, Hurd put in a request to convert to wide receiver and was denied, leading to his transfer to Baylor. After sitting out a year, Hurd posted impressive numbers in his one and only year as a receiver.
Still carrying the ball 48 times in 2018, Hurd tallied 209 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Split out, Hurd recorded nearly 1,000 yards receiving and four additional touchdowns on 69 catches; he played predominantly in the slot for the Bears’ offense.
Hurd was still recovering from an injury at the combine, but still measured in and took part in the bench press; At 6’4½ and 228 pounds, Hurd hit 23 reps on his bench press. At his pro day, Hurd did not rest well on the track, running a 4.66 40 yard dash, but then again he is recovering from a knee injury. He did hit 35.5 inches on his vertical jump and 10’4 feet on his broad jump and ran a good 20 yard shuttle; Hurd did not run the 3-cone drill.
Looking for some depth behind Chris Godwin, who is expected to move into the slot role after the departure of Adam Humphries, Hurd could take over a handful of reps at the slot spot and even carve out his own role in 2019. With their last pick, the Buccaneers take Hurd and hope to develop him into head coach Bruce Arians’ next big bodied slot receiver.