Honestly I never thought of Hurney as a football guru, I thought he was closer to a guy that threw poo against the wall and hope it stuck. You can just tell the way he used to answer questions vs. how Gettleman answers questions about personnel. Yes, he drafted Cam and Luke in round one. He also traded a first round pick for Everette Brown, and traded a second round pick to the Patriots for Armanti Edwards. He also gave up a lot to draft Jeff Otah who ended up being one of the softest players to suit up for the Panthers. He seriously considered giving up what would be the pick that got us Cam Newton to draft Jimmy Clausen's horrible ass. His dumb master plan to have two first round picks at running back that would have 1500 yards a piece and be a perennial contender never panned out. He drafted guys like Corvey Irvin in the third round. He would push mediocre players out on the field that would get outclassed constantly and people on this forum would talk about how he was a great draft builder because his picks were starting. Hurney had his moments of zen but he made too many mistakes, too many blunders to be successful in a hyper competitive league such as the NFL. I couldn't be happier that we got an actual GM that knows what a good football player is in Dave Gettleman. That's why guys like Short, Coleman, Benwikere, Ealy are starting now instead of guys like Richard Marshall, Charles Godfrey, Maake Kemoeatu and Tyler Brayton.
in short, he's not really an architect of anything. He's more like an unlicensed contractor that neglected a lot of important stuff like putting support beams in the necessary spots so that the first floor ceiling doesn't sag and got shitcanned for someone with real credentials 30% of the way through and way behind schedule.