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NFL Draft 2018: Top pass rushing DT Maurice Hurst cleared by doctors of heart condition

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NCAA Football: Michigan State at Michigan Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Since the scouting combine Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst’s draft status was up in the air. He was flagged for a potential heart condition and was not able to participate in the drills. This gave the 6-1, 292 pounder an even larger question mark on him.

Hurst himself said on Wednesday that he was looking forward to attending the Michigan pro day this Friday. Today, it was revealed why he was so optimistic and fired up about finally getting to show off his athletic talents for NFL scouts — he was cleared by doctors at both Michigan and Harvard according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

He figures to be the prime attraction at the pro day, in part because scouts were unable to see him at the combine, but also because he is considered by most to be the top pass rushing interior defensive lineman in the draft. Either he or Washington’s Vita Vea figure to be the first DT selected. Though Vea is less of a pass rusher than Hurst and more of a run stopper.

Just a day after the Raiders dropped out of the running for free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, which figures to shift the Raiders focus back to the draft to find the answer to their interior defensive line deficiencies.

Hurst is projected to go in the top half of the first round and figures to be on the Raiders radar for the above reasons.