The Colts drafted two running backs in April. We already talked about one of them, so just how good can this rookie from NC State be?
The Colts decided to use two draft picks on running backs this past draft. In doing so, they showed a commitment to the running game. One of those backs was Nyheim Hines out of NC State. But how high is his ceiling as a member of the Colts.
Hines had a bad preseason. He fumbled multiple times on kickoffs and punts. He eventually got replaced in that role because he couldn’t secure the football. But as a running back, he does have some skills that can be utilized on third down.
The Colts have used Hines as receiver a decent amount. Being able to be line up as a receiver can change the matchups on the field. While he hasn’t gotten the ball a ton yet, the potential is there. His running skills might be limited though.
He is more of a scatback than Wilkins is. He doesn’t quite have the power to run through the middle. But he can get outside more if the offensive line can block for him. Hopefully the line gets better so they can use him more on the edge to break containment.
But right now, his ceiling looks limited. Preseason was very concerning. If he can’t hold onto the ball, the Colts can’t put him out there. He hasn’t lost the ball yet in the regular season, which is good. He also is still a rookie, so he has time to fix those issues.
It’s still too early to tell what his potential is as a running back, but if he can catch the ball with some consistency he can be a useful playmaker in this offense.