Kareem Hunt, RB
School: Toledo | Conference: Mid-American
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 5-10 / 208 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd or 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Frank Gore
Kareem Hunt is currently being viewed as one of the best values in the draft. Hunt has outstanding balance, strength, and vision. He runs with patience and likes to finish runs by lowering his shoulder into defenders. He also is a good enough receiver to be a threat in the passing game and is a willing blocker giving him lead back potential. Hunt doesn’t have any particularly elite traits he just does the little things right. In his senior season, he became Toledo’s all-time leading rusher. He had an excellent performance at the Senior Bowl and was one of the standouts there. In a very deep running back class when weighing the pro’s and con’s of Hunt’s game he may very well be the best value “buy” in the mid rounds.
- Runs with superb balance and has great feet that never stop moving.
- Shifty. Has great awareness and understanding of angles and space knows how to navigate in tight quarters to gain yardage.
- Great vision and patience. He is willing to let blocks develop and can spot escape routes if things don’t go according to plan.
- Has a nice array of elusive moves including a good jump cut, spin, and stiff arm.
- Good pass catcher out of the backfield.
- Protects the football. 1 fumble in his whole career which he recovered.
- Doesn’t have much of a 2nd gear in terms of acceleration not sure he will get many home runs in the NFL.
- Pass protection needs work. He needs to engage straight up rather than going for partials.
Let’s see his work:
Toledo's RB Kareem Hunt, TE Michael Roberts and DT Treyvon Hester have officially been invited to the NFL combine.— Brian Buckey (@BrianBuckey) February 15, 2017
It's amazing that Kareem Hunt touched the ball 856 times in his UT career and fumbled just once (which he recovered). Best of RB's in draft.— RocketNation (@RocketNation_) February 11, 2017
I really like Kareem Hunt. He's extremely well rounded and solid. His style and skill set translates very easily to the NFL— Justen Gammel (@gamscout) February 20, 2017
Anyone who says Kareem Hunt is too small to be an every-down back but says Dalvin Cook is one, defies logic IMO.— Matt Claassen (@PFF_Matt) February 23, 2017
RB Kareem Hunt (Toledo, 5'10", 208lbs) has a lot of "How'd he get through there?" plays. Gets low, gets skinny, keeps his legs turning. pic.twitter.com/DohvgwtKIa— My Colts Account (@MyColtsAccount) January 25, 2017
RB Kareem Hunt (Toledo, 5'10", 208lbs). Decent hands out of the backfield. He's a weapon in-space. Skill set to be a 3-Down RB. pic.twitter.com/POi4h68NFC— My Colts Account (@MyColtsAccount) January 25, 2017
RB Kareem Hunt (Toledo, 5'10", 208lbs). I like the patience he shows, when necessary. Trusts his OL to open a running lane. pic.twitter.com/5d0cLAip6a— My Colts Account (@MyColtsAccount) January 25, 2017
Kareem Hunt. Let's do this. pic.twitter.com/uFh6kEtFkm— Jared Stanger (@JaredStanger) December 28, 2016
Two different angles of the Kareem Hunt TD that made him the all-time leading rusher in Toledo history. pic.twitter.com/qLpouPLEvQ— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) December 18, 2016
The best 8-yard run (called back for holding) that I've seen among prospects. RB Kareem Hunt (Toledo, 5'11"... https://t.co/5fD8yBJ82N— My Colts Account (@MyColtsAccount) January 7, 2016
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
Hunt has starter potential at the next level. He doesn’t have elite athleticism or physical traits but he is durable, determined, focused, and is the type of back that if given 20+ carries a game will win against defenses by wearing them down. For a Redskin running back to consistently get that number of carries, the Redskins will have to be more competitive in games and maintain the lead. If the team makes a significant investment in the defense either in free agency and/or the draft I can see the argument for taking a talented back like Hunt who will need around that number of carries a game to be most effective.
I don’t want to belittle Hunt’s athletic traits too much though he is a very talented runner who’s skill set would probably be arguably an immediate upgrade over all of our backs specific to how he understands and moves in space. His elusiveness, balance, and ability to not go down on first contact is also something to be coveted in a back that doesn’t have elite speed. On the Redskins Hunt could challenge for the starting role and win.