University of Florida
Draft Status: 7th Round, Pick 217 in the 2011 Draft
Weight: 329 lbs.
Maurice Hurt has a tough row to hoe if he wants to make this Redskins squad in 2014. He missed pretty much all of last year after arthroscopic knee surgery. Hurt took far longer to recover from this procedure than usual, eventually getting placed on injured reserve and ending his season. The decision might have been precautionary, but if this knee injury turns out being something significant, it is likely that Hurt has suited up for the last time as a Redskin.
Maurice Hurt has already beaten the odds by hanging around as long as he has. He was drafted in the seventh round as a developmental tackle, but due to injuries was pushed into a starting role. No one would say Hurt played above average, but he represented himself well for someone most expected to end up on the practice squad. But if Hurt wants to keep his job, he will have to show improvement from his rookie and sophomore showings.
Maurice is facing some stiff competition for the remaining guard spots. New coaches are more interested in developing their own guys than reclaiming a seventh round pick from the previous regime. Between the bevy of interior lineman and the year spent on IR, I would say Hurt is a long shot to make the team in 2014. He does have a couple of things going for him though. He has the size that Gettis lacks, and looks more like the type of player that Gruden worked with in Cincinnati. Hurt also has the versatility that is so important in utility linemen. He has experience at both guard and tackle. It is always better for a reserve to have the ability to fill in at multiple positions when the inevitable injuries occur. But with LeRibeus, Gettis, and Chester all competing with Gruden's guys, I am doubtful that Hurt is on this team come the first game of the season.
Roster Prediction: On the Bubble