Finding Broncos: Scouting Toledo Running Back Kareem Hunt

In the latest edition of Finding Broncos, Nick Kendell breaks down Toledo's electric running back to determine whether he fits the Broncos, and where he can be had in the Draft.

Kareem Hunt, Running Back, Toledo Rockets

http://www.scout.com/player/162821-kareem-hunt?s=101

Combine Measurements

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 216 pounds

Arms: 31-3/8 inches

Hands: 10-1/8 inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.62 seconds

Vertical Jump: 36-½ inches

Broad Jump: 119 inches

Bench Press (225 lbs): 18 Reps

Stats

Year Rushing Att Yards YPC Rushing TD Receptions Yards YPC Receiving TD
2013 137 866 6.3 6 12 68 5.7 0
2014 205 1,631 8.0 16 9 39 4.3 0
2015 178 973 5.5 12 11 45 4.1 0
2016 262 1,475 5.6 10 41 403 9.8 1

Medical History

Missed multiple games in 2014 and 2015 due to injuries.

Character

Clean character for the most part. Missed a game due to a non-injury related issue which has not been disclosed.

Pros

Runs with excellent pad level. Natural leverage through the gap or taking on tacklers at second level. Due to his pad level, able to absorb contact exceptionally and keeps legs churning to generate extra yards through contact.

Amazing balance and low center of gravity makes him difficult to tackle one-on-one, especially if defender engages with poor technique. Also gives Hunt good agility, especially for being a bigger back. Lower body and core power obvious on tape.

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Patient to the line of scrimmage and displays good decision-making and vision on tape. Rarely misses obvious hole that the offensive line opens up. Has enough burst to play in zone blocking scheme and enough downhill ability to play in power blocking scheme.

Surprising ability to ‘get skinny’ through gaps when squeaking through the line of scrimmage. Also really worked to transform his game this last season, becoming one of the better all-around backs in college as he developed into a real threat in the pass game. Bailed his quarterback out as a receiver time and time again.

Worth a stand-alone line, Hunt only fumbled the ball once in over 700 career carries. One. Time. Ball security is not going to be an issue.

Shows adequate pass blocking, not truly a positive or negative. Will need to get better in this regard as do most backs coming from college.

Cons

Did not play against elite defensive fronts playing for Toledo in the MAC. Speed and power combination in the NFL compared to his level of competition in college will take time to adjust to after being drafted.

Hunt has already had a significant amount of workload so there will be questions about how much tread he has left on his tires. Also, as stated previously, has had multiple injuries causing him to miss games.

Is not going to outrun defenses and is not a homerun threat. Instead, is going to pick up chunk yardage and wear defenses down over time and use size, power, balance, and agility to win his reps.

Overview

Kareem has been option 1A over the last few years for the Toledo Rockets’ offense. While Hunt was obviously one of the most talented players on either team each and every week he took the field. He runs with solid power and balance and shows a typical every-down back with his strong frame.

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He isn’t an explosive athlete, but does all the little things right that will make him effective in the NFL. He has cut his weight over the last year, as he was previously listed at 230 pounds or higher according to different outlets prior to the combine.

Hunt also had a fantastic Senior Bowl in Mobile Alabama, having a great week of practice and popping in the game to a tune of 118 yards on 15 carries, earning the North’s Outstanding Player Honors.

Fit With The Broncos

With questions about C.J. Anderson’s weight and durability, and what exactly the Broncos have in Devontae Booker, do not be surprised if John Elway uses an early-round selection on running back this year.

Hunt makes a lot of sense for the Broncos round 3, where he can come in and play all three downs given his threat as a receiver and run with solid power as Denver transitions to a more downhill style rushing attack.

Draft Grade: Round 2-3

Where He Goes: Round 3

Nick Kendell is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. Follow him on Twitter @NickKendellMHH.

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