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The Raiders’ draft class left some scratching their heads since so many of the team’s selections seemed to be of the boom-or-bust variety. It’s starting to make sense now.
Defensive tackles P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst, whom the organization selected in the second and fifth rounds, respectively, each had question marks. Hall provided elite production, albeit at an FCS program. Hurst, meanwhile, saw his draft stock plummet because of concerns over an existing heart condition.
It became clear why the Raiders chose both after watching them against the Detroit Lions on Friday.
“To get those two guys, we felt they were the top two inside rushers in this draft,” Gruden said in May, per Luke Straub of USA Today‘s Raiders Wire.
Both rookies are considered undersized—Hall is 6’1″, 308 pounds, Hurst 6’2″, 291—but they more than make up for their limitations with first-step quickness, low pad levels and a relentless approach. Hall sacked Matt Cassel on his first snap. Later, he deflected a pass and added another quarterback hit.
“He’s a hard guy to block,” Gruden said of Hall, per Bair. “He’s what we thought he was. He’s a powerful guy. He doesn’t look like the biggest defensive tackle Article source: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2790470-nfl-training-camp-notes-jets-have-legit-qb-controversy-after-darnold-shows-out
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Article source: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2790470-nfl-training-camp-notes-jets-have-legit-qb-controversy-after-darnold-shows-out