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Nyheim Hines NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Indianapolis Colts' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

North Carolina State running back Nyheim Hines celebrates after picking up a first down during the first half of the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game against Arizona State in El Paso, Texas, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
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POSITIVES

Nyheim Hines is exceptionally fast on tape and on the track. He timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine.

—Was a playmaker at NC State and ripped off chunk plays in the passing and running games with three touchdowns of over 50 yards.

—Hines showed off hands, route running and ability to create space with his feet.

—Despite a small frame, Hines runs with power and some meanness to his game.

—Hines brings immediate value as a runner, receiver and return man.

   

NEGATIVES

—Hines is undersized by NFL standards and also didn't test well in terms of three-cone or short shuttle that show balance and short-area burst.

—Lack of size makes him a non-factor as a pass-blocker, which could keep him off the field on third downs.

—Despite having a lot of catches, Hines' small hands are a concern and show up on tape with bobbles, drops and "double catches."

—Hines' vision is much better on the outside than the inside, and he doesn't run well through traffic.

—One of the more scheme-dependent players in this class and could be washed out if he's not drafted into a role where he's moved around and used in a variety of ways.

   

OVERALL

The term "sprinter speed" gets overused, but Hines has it. He's able to take it to the house when he has space and should be seen as an exciting player outside the hashes threat. Teams that value versatility will be excited by Hines.

   

GRADE: 6.00 (Late Round 3)

PRO COMPARISON: Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears 

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