Hayden Hurst

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Hayden Hurst
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Hurst in 2019
No. 81 – Atlanta Falcons
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1993-08-24) August 24, 1993 (age 27)
Jacksonville, Florida
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:Jacksonville (FL) Bolles
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Receptions:99
Receiving yards:1,083
Receiving touchdowns:9
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Hayden Randle Hurst (born August 24, 1993) is an American football tight end for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Hurst attended The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. He played football and baseball for the Bulldogs athletic teams. He graduated in 2012.[1] Hurst was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the 2012 MLB Draft[2] and signed with the Pirates for a $400,000 signing bonus, turning down a baseball scholarship from Florida State.[3] Hurst played two seasons in the Pirates organization before walking onto South Carolina's football team.[4] Hurst giving up baseball is attributed to being affected by "the yips."[5]

College career[edit]

In 2015, as a true freshman, Hurst played in all 12 of South Carolina's games, catching eight passes for 106 yards.[6]

In 2016, as a sophomore, Hurst played in all 13 games, catching at least one pass in each. He caught a career high seven passes against Kentucky. In total, Hurst caught 48 passes for 616 yards.[7] He was awarded a scholarship the following spring.[8]

In 2017, as a junior, Hurst once again played in all 13 games (including the 2018 Outback Bowl), catching 44 passes for 559 yards and two touchdowns.[9] He was unanimously named to the 2017 All-SEC football team.[10] Hurst declared for the 2018 NFL Draft on December 7, 2017,[11] nearly a month before the 2018 Outback Bowl against Michigan. Hurst recorded three receptions for 41 yards in the 2018 Outback Bowl for a 26–19 South Carolina victory over Michigan.[12]

Collegiate statistics[edit]

Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD
2015 South Carolina SEC FR TE 5 8 106 13.3 0
2016 South Carolina SEC SO TE 13 48 616 12.8 1
2017 South Carolina SEC JR TE 13 44 559 12.7 2
Career South Carolina 100 1,281 12.8 3

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+12 in
(1.94 m)
250 lb
(113 kg)
32+34 in
(0.83 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.67 s 1.63 s 2.71 s 4.37 s 7.19 s 31+12 in
(0.80 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Draft[13][14]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

2018[edit]

Hurst in 2018 preseason

The Baltimore Ravens selected Hurst in the first round (25th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. He was the first tight end selected in the draft.[15] On June 19, 2018, Hurst signed a four-year deal worth $11 million featuring a $6.1 million signing bonus.[16] He recorded his first career touchdown reception, a 26-yard pass from fellow rookie Lamar Jackson, on October 28, 2018, in the fourth quarter of a 36–21 loss to the Carolina Panthers.[17] Overall, Hurst finished the 2018 season with 13 receptions for 163 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.[18]

2019[edit]

On September 15, 2019, in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals, Hurst caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Lamar Jackson, the second of his career, as the Ravens won 23-17.[19] In Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills, Hurst caught three passes for 73 yards, including a career-long 61-yard touchdown pass from Jackson that helped the Ravens eventually win 24–17 and clinch a playoff berth.[20] Overall, Hurst finished the 2019 season with 30 receptions for 349 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.[21]

In the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Tennessee Titans, Hurst caught four passes for 53 yards and a touchdown during the 28–12 loss.[22]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Hurst scoring a touchdown against the Cowboys in 2020.

On March 16, 2020, the Ravens agreed to trade Hurst to the Atlanta Falcons along with a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft in return for 2020 second and fifth-round picks. The deal became official on March 18.[23] In Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys, Hurst caught five passes for 72 yards and his first touchdown reception as a member of the Falcons during the 40–39 loss.[24]

The Falcons declined to exercise the fifth-year option on Hurst's contract on May 3, 2021, making him a free agent after the 2021 season.[25]

NFL Career Statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2018 BAL 12 0 13 163 12.5 32 1
2019 BAL 16 4 30 349 11.6 61 2
2020 ATL 16 9 56 571 10.2 42 6
Career 44 13 99 1,083 10.9 61 9
Postseason
2018 BAL 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2019 BAL 1 1 4 53 13.3 18 1
Career 2 1 4 53 13.3 18 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smits, Garry. "From pro baseball pitcher to college tight end, Plan B works out for former Bolles star Hayden Hurst". The Florida Times. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "Hayden Hurst – Player Profile". Perfect Game. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Top tight end in NFL Draft Hayden Hurst once played Minor League Baseball". MLB.com. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Hayden Hurst". Official Athletic Site of the South Carolina Gamecocks. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  5. ^ Pompei, Dan (April 4, 2018). "How Hayden Hurst Went from Baseball Flameout to Potential 1st-Round NFL Pick". Bleacher Report. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Hayden Hurst 2015 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Hayden Hurst 2016 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "Hayden Hurst". Official Athletic Site of the South Carolina Gamecocks. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "Hayden Hurst 2017 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "2017 All-SEC Football Team announced". The Official Website Of The Southeastern Conference. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  11. ^ Cloninger, David. "Gamecocks' Hayden Hurst declares for NFL Draft". The Post and Courier. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  12. ^ "Outback Bowl - Michigan vs South Carolina Box Score, January 1, 2018". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  13. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Hayden Hurst". nfl.com. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  15. ^ Teope, Herbie (April 26, 2018). "Ravens add to TE corps, take Hayden Hurst at No. 25". NFL.com.
  16. ^ Teope, Herbie. "Ravens sign first-round pick Hayden Hurst". NFL. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  17. ^ Oestreicher, Kevin (October 29, 2018). "Watch: QB Lamar Jackson throws 1st NFL touchdown pass". Ravens Wire. USAToday.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Hayden Hurst 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  19. ^ "Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens - September 15th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  20. ^ "Ravens clinch AFC playoff berth with 24-17 win over Bills". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 8, 2019. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  21. ^ "Hayden Hurst 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  22. ^ "Titans stun Ravens, head to AFC title game with 28-12 win". www.espn.com. Associated Press. January 11, 2020. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  23. ^ McFadden, Will (March 18, 2020). "Falcons trade for tight end Hayden Hurst". AtlantaFalcons.com. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  24. ^ "Cowboys' rally stuns Falcons 40-39 in McCarthy's home debut". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 20, 2020. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  25. ^ Florio, Mike (May 3, 2021). "Falcons won't pick up Hayden Hurst option for 2022". NBCSports.com. Retrieved May 7, 2021.

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