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The way ESPN’s college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit sees it, Michigan All-American defensive tackle Maurice Hurst will be a “steal” in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Hurst has been medically cleared to play football after an irregular EKG prevented him from participating in the NFL combine and has been projected as a first- or an early second-round selection by NFL Draft analysts. Hurst, voted the Wolverines’ MVP and top defensive lineman last season, hasn’t discussed specifics about his medical issue, but he did undergo testing at Michigan and Harvard in the two weeks following the combine. He participated in Pro Day at Michigan.

“I have a list of guys that are kind of like sneaky guys that have kind of fallen through the cracks,” Herbstreit, who will make his NFL Draft debut April 26 on ESPN’s main set for Round 1, said Tuesday during a conference call. “You know how the draft buildup people find anything or everything and in this case, he had the issue with his heart at the combine.”

Herbstreit believes analysts may be sleeping on Hurst because he didn’t participate at the combine for medical reasons.

“It’s almost as if (players like Hurst) get forgotten,” Herbstreit said. “People better remember. Just turn the film on. He is a quick, he’s a little undersized but makes up for it with his quickness, and he’s a playmaker. We’ve got these big guys, inside guys, and I’m telling you, Mo Hurst will be one of those guys.

“I don’t know where he’s going to go — my guess is somewhere in the first round — but he’s gonna be a guy next year everybody’s watching and he’s making plays in the backfield, and people are going to be going, ‘Who’s this guy?’ I think he’s slipping through the cracks and hopefully somebody, if he’s healthy and everything is OK, somebody is going to get a steal in my opinion with whoever picks him up.”

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