Running Back #3
Senior 6’0″ 225
- Good sized running back that finishes runs well.
- Excellent vision, balance and agility for a back his size.
- His jump cut is top notch.
- Gets skinny through holes and great at finding cutback lane.
- Willing in pass protection but needs work on technique.
- Good receiver out of the backfield but not a natural hands catcher
- Adequate long speed.
Senior running back Kareem Hunt signed with Toledo as a 3-star recruit from Lake County, Ohio. Hunt was selected as a 1st-team All Conference, All-District and All-State in his senior year of high school. He was also a finalist for Mr. Football in the state of Ohio. Used sparingly as a freshman until mid-season, Hunt announced himself onto the scene with a huge game in an overtime win against Navy. From that point on, Hunt became a focal point of the offense splitting time with, then, starting running back David Fluellen. He also started two games in 2013 and eclipsed 100 yards rushing in both starts.
In his sophomore year of 2014, Hunt became the full-time starter at running back for the Rockets. His season started with a string of four consecutive 100-plus yard performances on the ground but suffered an ankle injury against Ball State which kept him out of action for the next three games. He returned against the University of Massachusetts and did not miss a beat in rattling off almost 200 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Hunt went over 100 yards in every game he played in his sophomore season and finished first in the MAC with 1,631 yards rushing, a number that also ranked him 10th in the nation. He also ranked second in the nation with an impressive 7.96 yards per carry. These numbers earned Hunt a 1st-team All-MAC selection. He capped off his great season by winning the MVP of the GoDaddy.com Bowl in which he had 271 yards rushing and five touchdowns in a win against Arkansas State. Hunt’s amazing 2014 performance earned him a spot on the preseason “watch lists” for both the Doak Walker Award for the nation’s top running back and Maxwell Award for the top player.
Hunt’s junior season started off on a sour note as he missed the season opener against Arkansas as he was suspended for a violation of team policies. He also missed two more games in 2015 due to a hamstring injury. His overall performance in 2015 got him named as a 2nd-team All-MAC selection but a disappointing season overall due to the lofty standards set the year before. His performance in his senior year put him back on par with 2014 and he begun to incorporate catching the ball out of the backfield into his overall skill set. He capped off the regular season by totaling 273 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown against nationally ranked and undefeated Western Michigan.
Hunt has excellent size for the next level but combines that with excellent vision and agility. Below is an
example of this:
As you can see in the video above, Hunt has the ability to find holes and cutback lanes using his excellent vision and also shows the ability to make defenders miss in the open field.
Hunt has displayed an excellent array of skills that project to the NFL level. He has the size, vision and agility necessary to be a starting running back on Sundays and projects best to a zone scheme. Hunt is in the tier below the top level running backs in the 2017 class, but that is not a knock on him. Hunt will play faster on the field than his probable combine numbers will suggest, but he possesses all of the talent to make him a starting caliber player.
NFL Comparison: Mark Ingram
Round Value: 3rd-4th round