Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Nyheim Hines

Running back
School: North Carolina State | Conference: ACC
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-8.8 / 198 | 40: 4.38 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.64
Projected Round
3rd
Bio: 
First-year starter who was named First Team All-ACC as a running back and Third Team All-ACC as a specialist after rushing for 1,112 yards and 12 touchdowns and totaling 604 return yards and a punt return TD as a junior. Averaged 12.2 yards per carry on 43 rushes and returned 32 kicks for 782 yards and one touchdown in 2016. Posted 499 total yards and two touchdowns along with 920 kick return yards and a touchdown as a true freshman.
Pos: 
Explosive skill player with the ability to alter games as a return specialist. Patiently waits for blocks to develop, finds running lanes and squeezes through small creases in the offensive line. Quick-footed, has a burst that he turns on in a single step and shows the ability to create yardage. Plays with terrific speed, beats defenders around the perimeter and can run to daylight. Plays with balance and body control and quickly gets back to running form off the initial hit. Solid pass catcher who displays soft and strong hands and the ability to pull the ball from the air. Effective open-field runner, dangerous handling the ball in space and does not go down without a fight. Translates all his skills to punt and kick returns.
Neg: 
Has size and height limitations. Will be tough to find in a crowd as a receiver. Doesn’t pick up a lot of yardage off initial contact.
Analysis: 
Hines is an explosive athlete with the ability to improvise, create yardage and pick up big chunks of yardage when the ball is in his hands. He’s a prototypical third-down running back who can also line up in the slot as a receiver and alter the momentum of games as a return specialist.