Name: Nyheim Hines
School: N.C. State
Weight: 197 pounds
40 Time: 4.38 seconds
Vertical: 35.5 inches
Notables Accolades: Freshman All-American, 2,770 all-purpose yards for his career, Ranks 5th in school history with 1,702 career kickoff return yards in 25 games
Hines’ athleticism is quite evident. He ran the fastest RB 40-time out of the class during the Combine (4.38). He displays terrific balance which allows him to extend plays by bouncing off or spinning through tackles. The suddenness he possesses keeps the defense guessing as he uses his speed to hit the hole with authority. Hines is very smooth in space, when you give him the ball and he gets out in the open field he is able to evade potential tacklers and keep the play going. He was used often as a dangerous kick returner and it’s not hard to see why when you watch Hines on film and see his agility and speed. The great thing about Hines is how smooth of a receiver he is. A solid route runner with great hands and little to no hesitation when catching a pass and then having to move up-field.
Hines really doesn’t have too many weaknesses but the one’s he does have are all based on or related to one component he cannot control. His size. Hines smaller frame will make you question whether or not he can move forward at the next level and develop into a full-time starting RB. Due to his frame, he might just have to play the scat-back role for most of his career. As far as a pass protector Hines is alright, but will need to improve moving forward.
DOES HE FIT WITH THE RAMS?
Yes, he absolutely does, the Rams just released Lance Dunbar who never panned out filling the role behind Todd Gurley but that’s exactly where you can place Hines. Nyheim Hines is used to sharing time with Jaylen Samuels so if he had to be the change-of-pace to Todd Gurley the world certainly wouldn’t end. The Rams are really missing the key component in Sean McVay’s offense and that is a pass-catching scat-back that has been called the “Chris Thompson role” from his time in Washington utilizing Thompson as an explosive pass-catching back. Hines could fill the void and he wouldn’t need to be an extremely high pick by any means. The pass protection is extremely important in order to keep Gurley fresh and at the same time not lose a step on the football field. Hines will definitely need to improve in that area but he has a lot of tools that the Rams would love.
What they’re saying: Rounds 3 – 4
What I’m saying: Rounds 3 – 4
Imagine if Tre Mason and Todd Gurley stayed together? I still say to this day Mason would have fit the Chris Thompson role better than anyone not named Thompson. Hines and Mason are so similar with that smaller frame, home-run hitting ability, agility, pass catching ability and their balance. Mason didn’t really share too much time in college like Hines did but he did share time with Zac Stacy when he came to St. Louis. Hines could be that sneaky upside-ridden future starting RB like Mason was if everything works out.