Since losing the certified chain mover Adam Humphries to Tennessee early in the free agency, and then losing deep threat DeSean Jackson to Philadelphia in a trade, the Bucs have been on the hunt to soften the blows. The signing of Breshad Perriman and the reinforced faith by Bruce Arians in the underrated WR Chris Godwin was a step in the right direction, but a bit more lethality in WR core would help tip the scales. Jalen Hurd could do just that.
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The versatility that a player of his size and skill set would add to what was the most explosive offenses in franchise history last year could be immense. While this adds more competition and pushes guys like late round draft pick WR Justin Watson further down the depth chart, it’s a very solid addition. Hopefully this isn’t a smoke screen because this pick would be immensely solid.
Hurd played for 5 seasons during his collegiate career, 3 for the Tennessee Vols and 2 for the Baylor Bears. During his first 3 seasons, he played running back for the Vols, recording 2,635 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also snagged an additional 67 receptions for 492 yards and 6 touchdowns.
After making the move to Baylor, he missed the entire 2017 season due to transitioning from Tennessee to Baylor, but upon returning in 2018, played a switch role. He still ran the football 48 times for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns, but also caught 69 passes as a receiver for 946 yards and 4 touchdowns.