The Indianapolis Colts selected running back Nyhiem Hines in the fourth round and he is destined to become an impact player for them on their offense.
Ever since Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck entered the league, he has never had a dynamic, versatile running back in the backfield. Colts general manager Chris Ballard made that possible during the 2018 NFL Draft by selecting running back Nyheim Hines in the fourth round.
The N.C. State product was a track star in college as he earned All-ACC honors in his freshman and sophomore years for running the 100-meter dash and the 4×100-meter relay. Also in his first two years, Hines was a receiver who ran the ball on occasion.
In his first two years, Hines combined for 63 receptions and 781 yards receiving, averaging 12.5 yards per catch and scoring once. Hines also had an excellent year in 2017 as he recorded 1,113 yards rushing, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, scoring 12 touchdowns and recording 12 catches for 152 yards.
Hines was also a competent kick returner as he averaged 24.7 yards per return and recorded two touchdowns. He was also a threat as a punt returner as he averaged 11.3 yards per return and scored one touchdown.
Although Hines isn’t the biggest running back at 5-8, 198 pounds, he is a very dynamic athlete who has the ability to be an excellent chess piece for the Colts offense. These two run plays are an example of Hines ability to explode through the hole, elude tacklers, and have the ability to change direction.
Along with this, Hines shows the ability to make tacklers miss in the open field when catching passes. Lastly, people may consider him as a liability to pass protect due to his lack of size, but on this play, he shows he is more of capable of doing so.
Hines is an explosive player that can make plays with the football in his hands. If head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Siriani can utilize this players skill set into their offense, look for Hines to be an excellent change of pass running back along with a reliable and explosive pass catcher for Luck.