Well that didn’t take long. Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt has the football world buzzing before his debut game has even come to a close. A long touchdown catch (his second of three on the night) and over 200 yards from scrimmage against the reigning champion New England Patriots will do that, I suppose.
It’s great to see from Hunt, who rebounded from a lingering hamstring injury during his 2015 junior year to drive up his draft status and become a 3rd round selection. The 86th overall pick, Hunt has been opportunistic with his first chance as a featured player. His fit with the Chiefs offense is quite favorable, their running style will help get the most out of Hunt’s physical abilities.
Let’s take a look at Hunt’s 2017 NFL Draft report from NDT Scouting’s 2017 NFL Draft Prospectus (penned by yours truly):
In all, I scored Hunt slightly higher than his actual evaluation (I had him 14 slots higher than he was drafted). In addition, Hunt just barely missed out on scoring a 2nd round value as a prospect, his film score was nearly identical to his final review.
Kareem isn’t a transcendent athlete by any means, but the Kansas City Chiefs have already proven that if isolated on a linebacker, Hunt can get down the field and establish some space to create a play. I don’t think the explosive 70+ yard plays are something we will continue to see from Kareem on a weekly basis, but I do think he’s found the perfect place to win and be a high quality producer.
Entering the Draft, I thought Hunt would be a great 1st and 2nd down player with some packages available on 3rd down, but not a true featured back. The Chiefs seem less worried on the issue, carrying only one other true RB on the roster. As alluded to earlier, Coach Andy Reid’s offensive system will allow Kareem Hunt to show his ball carrying abilities and his one cut twitch each and every week.