Many NFL analysts consider South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst to be the No. 1 tight-end prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean Hurst will be selected in the first round, as day one could pass by without a tight end coming off the board.

Still, Hurst is in a position where he can make himself more attractive to NFL teams, especially if he has a big performance at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis next week. According to The State, Hurst would love to be a first-round pick, as it’s always been a goal of his:

“Oh man, I would love it. Golly,” he said. “It’s been my goal since the beginning of last season. I wanted to be All-SEC, I checked that box. The next thing on the list is I wanted to be a first-rounder. The way that I’m working right now, and with the numbers I am putting up, hopefully, I can make that happen in April.”

These days, speed is the name of the game for tight ends, so Hurst discussed his goals for the 40-yard dash in Indy:

“I always knew I was really fast even though some people didn’t give me a lot of credit for it,” he said. “So far in testing, I have been 4.53, 4.55. That’s what I want to be at when I get to Indianapolis, and I think if I can run a 4.5, I can really turn some heads.”

Many analysts have released their first mock drafts, but updates will likely be coming following the combine. It’ll be interesting to see if Hurst positions himself in a positive way at the event next week.