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February 20, 2014

Combine profile: UNC LT James Hurst


James Hurst (left) suffered a broken leg in the Belk Bowl and is still recovering.  


Name: James Hurst

Position: Left tackle

Height/weight: 6-5/296

School/class: North Carolina/Senior

Projected round: 4th

Career highlights: Started a school-record 49 games for Tar Heels, and was a two-time, all-ACC pick. ... Held South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney without a sack in the Gamecocks' win against UNC in 2013 opener. ... Broke his left fibula in the first quarter of UNC's 39-17 victory against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl.

Did you know?: Hurst grew up in Indianapolis and knew little about North Carolina when he committed to the Tar Heels. He came in for the combine a day early and had dinner with his mother. Hurst won't do any testing this week while he recovers from his leg injury, but will work out at UNC's Pro Day on March 25.

Quotes: “It's my full physical audition. A lot of these guys are doing most of their stuff here. So knowing I'm going to be doing everything and when I'm going to be doing it, I feel good doing it at the university I played at and graduated from."

"It's probably made me a little more comfortable than most. I know my way around. I know where I am, and I feel at home. A little more relaxed and not being too anxious."

Panthers’ level of interest: Hurst is a "hog mollie," so you can bet Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman will kick the tires on him. Some observers had Hurst projected as a possible first-round pick before he broke his leg. Hurst could be a value pick in the middle rounds for a Panthers team waiting to learn whether veteran left tackle Jordan Gross will return for a 12th season.

--Joseph Person



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