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Nyheim Hines | Running Back

Team: North Carolina State Wolfpack
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 197

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Colts selected North Carolina State RB Nyheim Hines with the No. 104 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Hines (5’8/198) turned pro after three years with the Wolfpack, logging a 197/1,113/5.6/12 rushing line in a breakout junior campaign and catching 89 career passes. Hines doubled as a sprinter for NC State track and field, running the lead leg of the Wolfpack’s ACC-title-winning relay team. Hines scored two kickoff return TDs and one punt return TD in college and blazed a 4.38 forty at the Combine. A tailback-slot receiver slash player, Hines is a straighter-line version of Dion Lewis without the explosive cutting ability. Hines projects as a satellite-space back with return value. On a wide-open Colts running back depth chart, Hines should be given an opportunity to play early as he competes for touches with Marlon Mack. Apr 28 - 12:25 PM

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FanRag sports draft analyst Jon Ledyard hears the NC State RB Nyheim Hines is likely to go in the first 75 picks.

Hines has often been mentioned as one of the most underrated prospects in this class. If he goes in the range that Ledyard suggests, it'll be tough to call him underrated. He tweets that teams like the Cowboys (pick 50) and Bengals (pick 46) are considering the former Wolfpack runner, and that the the Vikings and Chargers have shown interest in the first three rounds as well. Hines would be pairing with a quality running back in all of these situations, and we think that might be Hines' best role. We are intrigued.
Apr 23 - 7:45 PM's Lance Zierlein compared NC State RB Nyheim Hines to Houston Texans RB Tyler Ervin.

Zierlein dives deeper, saying "Hines (5'8/198) has dual-threat talent but doesn't have the size for full-time work at running back and is in need of much more work as a receiver. Hines' value to teams could rest upon how they envision using him." Zierlein projects him to be selected in rounds 3-4 but notes he could "benefit" from the recent success of Saints RB Alvin Kamara in a similar role. Hines recently visited the Cowboys and would be a great fit in Dallas as a pass-catching role player behind Ezekiel Elliott.
Apr 19 - 8:41 PM

NC State RB Nyheim Hines visited the Cowboys on Wednesday.

The Cowboys don't have a player like Hines on the roster. The closest player of note was Lance Dunbar. Hines is quite different than Ezekiel Elliott, but that might be viewed as a positive. He's a role player, but one who creates big plays in space or as a receiver.
Apr 5 - 8:22 AM

NC State RB Nyheim Hines has private workouts scheduled for next week with the Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys.

Hines (5'8/198) previously worked out for the Buccaneers on Tuesday. During his pro day on Monday, he improved on his broad jump, 20-yard shuttle and three-cone drill results from the combine. The speedy back was sharp in going through positional drills for the pro day, with Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relaying that the Day 2 hopeful "looked explosive."
Mar 21 - 5:32 PM

NC State RB Nyheim Hines posted pro day marks including a 122-inch broad jump, 4.21-second 20-yard shuttle and 6.85-second three-cone drill.

All three of these results were sharper than what he posted at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month. No need to rerun the 40-yard dash, though, as his 4.38-second mark in Indianapolis led all running backs. Beyond the pro day athletic testing -- which rarely sheds any new light on prospects beyond slight degrees of such -- the 5-foot-8, 198-pounder "looked explosive" in his drill work, according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. Those drills were run (for the most part) by Titans OC Matt LaFleur, with Eagles RB coach Duce Staley finishing them out with Hines. The Vikings and Cowboys will both be hosting the NC State standout for visits upcoming, while the Chargers, Jets, Panthers and Bengals all met with the back around his pro day. Speedster Hines is angling for a Day 2 selection.
Mar 20 - 3:26 PM

NC State RB Nyheim Hines is set to visit the Vikings and Cowboys along with four other teams.

Let's focus on those two teams specifically. The Cowboys never replaced a Lance Dunbar type in their backfield, and the Vikings lost Jerick McKinnon to huge money in free agency. Hines is an air back. A satellite back. A player who is best with the ball in his hands out in space. That means he will be a third day selection.
Mar 20 - 10:57 AM

NC State RB Nyheim Hines recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.38 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Hines (5'8/198) was expected to be in the running for the fastest 40 time for any player at his position -- he's got a track background -- and he did not disappoint, leading all running backs with his 4.38-second sprint. Hines has also turned in jumps of 35.5 inches (vertical) and 119 inches (broad) during his Friday work. All of this fine output in athletic testing could potentially lock him in for a Day 2 selection.
Mar 2 - 3:35 PM

NC State RB Nyheim Hines measured 5-foot-8 3/8 inches and 198 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

A little bit shorter than the 5-foot-9 at which the NC State listed him for the 2017 season, but the weight's on the money. Beyond Hines' height/weight, he checked in with a hand measurement of 8 7/8 inches, an arm length of 30 6/8 inches and an overall wingspan of 72 4/8 inches. If you're looking for a player with the potential to rise via the combine, Hines might well fit that bill. He's going to scald the 40-yard dash -- he's a track standout -- and should also ace receiving drills. Hines posted at least 20 catches in each of his three seasons at NC State. A strong combine would help his chances toward a late Day 2 pick. Both NFL Media's Lance Zierlein and Draft Analyst currently see him as a third- or fourth-round selection.
Feb 28 - 1:41 PM

NC State junior RB Nyheim Hines will forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Hines (5'9/190) leaves for the NFL after putting in a successful 2017 campaign in which he rushed for 1,113 yards (5.6 YPC) and 12 touchdowns. He earned first-team All-ACC recognition for that fine work. While this was his first season with more than 300 yards rushing, he's consistently served as a receiving weapon, having logged at least 20 catches in each of his three years with the Wolfpack (including a healthy 43 grabs in 2016). He also has extensive experience as a kick returner. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views him as a prospect likely to be swept off the board in the third or fourth round this spring.
Jan 12 - 1:32 PM

NC State junior RB Nyheim Hines carried 16 times for 73 yards and three touchdowns in Friday's 52-31 victory in the Sun Bowl against Arizona State.

Hines also hauled in a 28-yard reception to put him over 100 total yards from scrimmage. He did a great job running behind the Band of Brothers, nickname for the Wolfpack offensive line. He'll be back in 2018, as will four of the five starts on that vaunted O-line, so you can expect more performances like this in 2018.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 08:15:00 PM

NC State junior RB Nyheim Hines rushed for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in Saturday's 33-21 win over North Carolina.

Hines did not find the end zone in the first half, but boy howdy did he make his mark after the two teams reconvened from their respective locker rooms. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder bolted for a 54-yard touchdown run in the closing seconds of the third quarter, then doubled up with a 48-yard scoring scamper with less than a minute gone off the fourth quarter clock. Hines finishes the regular season having rushed for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. He notched at least 80 yards on the ground in eight of 12 contests.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 08:04:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says NC State junior RB Nyheim Hines "can score from any point on the field."

In Saturday's win over Boston College, Hines rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries while adding two receptions and three punt returns for 77 yards. "Possessing game breaking speed as well as the foot quickness to create yardage, Hines makes defenders miss and can run to daylight if given the slightest bit of open space," Pauline wrote. "While not an every down ball carrier for the next level Hines is the type of player that can line up as a situational runner, a pass catcher out of the backfield or in the slot as well as a return specialist. His home run hitting speed will be sought out once he’s available for the draft."
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 01:16:00 PM

NC State junior RB Nyheim Hines rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in the school's 17-14 win over Boston College on Saturday.

Hines' 50-yard touchdown displayed great patience behind the line of scrimmage, as his initial path was rerouted. Hines really picked up the offense with his play, as Ryan Finley could get nothing going in the passing game.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 04:03:00 PM

NC State junior RB Nyheim Hines (ankle) is probable for Saturday's game against Clemson.

Hines has been practicing sans contact this week as he continues on the recovery trail after injuring his ankle against Notre Dame last weekend. He should be able to play on Saturday barring a late change. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder has rushed for 654 yards (5.5 YPC) and six touchdowns while catching 16 passes for 89 yards in eight games this season. Reggie Gallaspy will be waiting in the wings should Hines be limited against the Tigers.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 01:20:00 PM