We continue our draft analysis, moving to the fourth round with the Colts taking running back Nyheim Hines with the 104th overall pick.
The Colts spent the first few rounds of the draft bulking up the interior of both the offensive and defensive lines. Then they decided to move onto some skill position players. The first of those players was running back out of N.C. State Nyheim Hines.
Hines was the only pick the Colts made in the fourth round. He was the first skill player taken by Indy. Hines is a speedy back who can make defenders miss with his quick feet. He ran for over 1100 yards and 12 touchdowns during his final year with the Wolfpack.
Part of what attracted Chris Ballard to him is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Hines had 26 catches last season, and 43 the season before that. With the Colts changing offenses, catching the ball out of the backfield will be a big part of the new scheme.
The Colts already have a starting running back in Marlon Mack. Hines is going to be a change of pace back, much like Mack was last season for Frank Gore. He could slide into be a third down back, especially during obvious passing situations.
For as good as he is as a receiver, he needs work in pass blocking situations. He doesn’t quite have the strength to hold rushing linebackers at bay. He does have good lateral foot speed to get to the outside to stop outside rushes, but he still needs overall work in that aspect of his game.
Hines should be a good addition to the backfield for the Colts. He provides some good depth at the running back position, and could have some big plays in his rookie year if used properly.