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Kareem Hunt | Running Back

Team: Toledo Rockets
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/6/1995
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 215

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Chiefs selected Toledo RB Kareem Hunt with the No. 86 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Hunt (5’11/216) graduated as Toledo's all-time leading rusher, posting a career line of 782/4,945/44 (6.32 YPC) with 73 receptions, including 41 grabs as a senior. Hunt earned Most Outstanding Player at January’s Senior Bowl, only to struggle at the Combine with a sluggish forty (4.62) and broad jump (9’11"). Rookie Scouting Portfolio’s Matt Waldman has compared Hunt to a Chester Taylor, Joique Bell-level No. 2 back or capable spot starter. While his athleticism doesn’t stand out, PFF College charted Hunt with the second-most missed tackles forced (98) in the nation in 2016, and Hunt fumbled just once on 856 college touches. We are big fans of Hunt and believe he'll give Spencer Ware a serious run for the Chiefs' starting job. Fri, Apr 28, 2017 10:43:00 PM

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ESPN's Michael Rothstein tosses out Toledo RB Kareem Hunt as a possibility for the Lions on Day 2.

Hunt "received a lot of attention," per Rothstein, from Bob Quinn and the Lions during the process. Detroit sent its RB coach to Hunt's pro day workout. "Hunt is a strong runner who likes contact, but has the shiftiness to to get away from defenders late," Rothstein wrote. "He’d be an intriguing addition to Detroit's backfield." Alvin Kamara is another option if Detroit picks a running back Friday, according to Rothstein.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Apr 28, 2017 04:12:00 PM

Toledo RB Kareem Hunt met with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday.

The 49ers are reportedly looking for supplements to -- or outright replacements for -- Carlos Hyde, so no huge surprise that they are kicking the tires on Hunt. Plenty of other teams during the evaluating process, including the Lions, Falcons, Bucs, Vikings and Patriots, have done likewise. CBS Sports' Rob Rang views the 5-foot-10, 216-pounder as having "starter qualities," noting that he more than held his own during the Senior Bowl practice week, always a good sign for non-Power 5 performers. He figures to be selected at some point on Day 3, though with all the current interest in Hunt, a late Day 2 slot probably should not be discounted.
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 07:28:00 PM

Toledo RB Kareem Hunt will visit the Cardinals on Wednesday.

According to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Hunt has previously checked in with the Lions, Falcons, Bucs, Titans, Vikings, Eagles, Patriots, Browns, 49ers and Saints. The 5-foot-10, 216-pounder is one of a handful of intriguing late Day 2/Day 3 possibilities at running back. Hunt forced 98 missed tackles last season, the second-most in the FBS. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein refers to him as a "[b]ig back with plus vision and enough elusiveness to make the first defender miss."
Tue, Apr 11, 2017 10:47:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang writes that Toledo RB Kareem Hunt "has starter qualities."

"It isn’t just the balance through contact, burst and underrated wiggle that Hunt showed on tape against MAC foes, but that he looked just as good as elite competition at the Senior Bowl," Rang explains. He also offers up one of our favorite Hunt stats -- in 855 career touches, he has fumbled exactly once. That is spicy. The analyst believes the 5-foot-10, 216-pounder could be a potential Day 3 steal. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline puts him right on the borderline, assigning him a fourth-round grade. It wouldn't knock our socks off if he saw love late on Day 2.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Apr 9, 2017 01:33:00 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Toledo RB Kareem Hunt to former Broncos RB Olandis Gary.

"Big back with plus vision and enough elusiveness to make the first defender miss," Zierlein wrote. "Zone-scheme runner with serviceable hands out of the backfield. Adequate in most areas and has talent to become a backup that can step in and handle a bigger load if needed." Hunt earned first-team All-MAC honors last season by rushing for 1,475 yards and ten touchdowns while chipping in 41 catches for 403 yards and a score. NFL Media's Chad Reuter slotted Hunt into the middle of Round 3 in a recent mock draft.
Tue, Apr 4, 2017 01:45:00 PM

Toledo RB Kareem Hunt will hold a private workout for the Tampa Bay Bucs on Tuesday.

Toledo held its pro day on Monday, with Hunt running a forty in 4.57s. The RB coaches of the New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns were all on hand for the festivities. Hunt has an upcoming official pre-Draft visit with the Vikings.
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 05:10:00 PM

Toledo RB Kareem Hunt will visit the Vikings ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Vikings will be in the market for a running back at some point during the draft after not bringing Adrian Peterson back. Latavius Murray was added to a position group that includes Jerick McKinnon, but neither are top options. Hunt did not complete a full workout at the NFL Combine, but is an intriguing option in the third round or later.
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 11:25:00 AM

Toledo RB Kareem Hunt's 98 total missed tackles forced in 2016 were the second-most in the FBS.

And on a more micro level, his 22 missed tackles forced on receptions were also good for second in the country. PFF comps him to Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon. Notes the outlet, "[Hunt] has limited pass-protection experience, but otherwise could be an every-down back from the start if needed." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein offers a variation on that assessment, writing that Hunt "has talent to become a backup that can step in and handle a bigger load if needed." During Combine festivities, the 5-foot-10, 216-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds, put in 18 reps on the bench press and logged jumps of 36.5 inches (vertical) and 119 inches (broad).
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 04:00:00 PM

Toledo RB Kareem Hunt is a big Cleveland Browns fan and would like to play for his hometown team.

"I'll be a Browns fan until I die," the Ohio native said. Not every prospect wants to play for the Browns, but Hunt isn't alone. North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky made a similar proclamation last month. As for Hunt, he's arguably the top senior running back prospect.
Source: Draftwire
Fri, Mar 3, 2017 02:23:00 PM

Toledo RB Kareem Hunt fumbled just once on offense during his collegiate career despite touching the ball 856 times.

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compiled the numbers and noted the fumble was during Hunt's freshman season. Hunt obviously has the best fumble rate of any running back in this class. The Toledo product was our favorite senior runner entering Senior Bowl week and will be our favorite for the entire process.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that Toledo RB Kareem Hunt "could surprise at the [C]ombine."

"I’m told the he recently ran the forty in hand times of 4.39s and clocked 4.46s laser timed," Pauline writes. "Both are faster than anyone would expect." Hunt was Mr. Popular during the Senior Bowl practice week, meeting with 25 teams -- including 10 full franchise meetings with general managers present. In an unfathomably deep running back class, Hunt could be a sneaky steal come Day 3 of the draft.
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 01:54:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Toledo RB Kareem Hunt met with 25 NFL teams at the Senior Bowl.

Of those 25 meetings, Pauline relays that 10 of them were "full franchise meetings" that included the general manager. The Jets were one such team which held a full franchise meeting with the Toledo standout. The offshoot of this early interview slate is that because Hunt has already met extensively with several teams, he may not interview quite as much at the Combine. Hunt is a likely Day 3 candidate for this spring's draft.
Sun, Feb 5, 2017 02:00:00 PM

Toledo RB Kareem Hunt wants to weigh around 213 to 215 pounds at the NFL Combine.

Hunt weighed 208 pounds at the Senior Bowl, a big drop from his listed 225 pounds at Toledo. We aren't sure if Hunt ever played at 225 pounds by choice, but if he can keep his speed and agility at a heavier weight then it will help his composite athletic scores. We consider Hunt the top senior running back.
Thu, Feb 2, 2017 08:51:00 AM

Toledo RB Kareem Hunt rushed for 118 yards on 15 carries in Saturday's Senior Bowl.

While the final score ended at just 16-15, there were several offensive standouts from the contest. Count Hunt among that crowd. He consistently showcased a ballerina's sense of balance in clipping his way to a 7.8 YPC average. Hunt rushed for 1,475 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that while Hunt might not possess quite the same sort of quick moves and acceleration as some of his fellow backs at the Senior Bowl, he "showed a complete game as a ball-carrier, pass-catcher and blocker" during the practice week. Pauline pegs him as a potential fifth-round pick in this spring's draft.
Sat, Jan 28, 2017 05:58:00 PM