NYHEIM HINES

N.C. State
RB

Prospect Info

College
N.C. State
Hometown
Class
Garner, NC
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 8"
197 lbs
30 3/4”
Hands
8 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.52
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.38
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
119.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.18
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.35
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Hines grew up within shouting distance of State's campus, setting several school records at Garner High School and earning top 100 recruit grades nationally after rushing for over 5,500 yards and 87 touchdowns in his final two seasons there. Wolfpack coaches saw his speed right away and got him on the field as a rusher (48 carries, 243 yards, one touchdown), receiver (20 receptions, 256 yards, one touchdown), and returner (35 returns, 920 yards, one touchdown on kick returns) as a true freshman. Nyheim (pronounced nie-HEEM) earned honorable mention All-ACC notice as a specialist that year and started five of 12 games played. Between his freshman and sophomore years, Hines ran the 100 meters and 4x100-meter relay for State, earning All-American and All-ACC honors. In 2016, he played in 12 games, starting six as a receiver (43 receptions, 525 yards), running the ball on occasion (13 attempts, 44 yards) and again serving as the primary kick returner (32 returns, 782 yards, one touchdown). Hines led the ACC in all-purpose yards as a junior despite being slowed mid-season by an ankle injury. He started 12 of 13 games in 2017, leading the team with 1,112 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 197 carries. Hines also caught 26 passes for 152 yards, returned 11 punts for 135 yards and a score, and brought back 21 kickoffs for 469 yards. He was named a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's top all-purpose back, and ACC coaches named him first-team all-conference as a running back and voted him to the third team as a specialist.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Tyler Ervin
Overview
Hines has dual-threat talent but doesn't have the size for full-time work at running back and is in need of much more work as a receiver. Hines' value to teams could rest upon how they envision using him. It is possible that he benefits from the success of Saints rookie Alvin Kamara with teams looking to plug him into that role, but he's not on Kamara's level. Hines is a linear runner whose ability to cut and burst would fit with teams looking for a change of pace back in an outside zone running scheme.
Strengths
  • Two-sport participant who brings real sprinter's speed to the turf
  • Versatile threat offering creative offensive coordinators a toy to tinker with
  • Has experience as lone running back and slot receiver
  • Flashed his homerun potential with touchdown runs of 83, 54, 50, and 48 this season
  • Most comfortable when he's keeping outside zone carries over the tackle
  • Build-up speed can eliminate pursuit angles and thrust him into open space for chunk yardage
  • Quality stiff-arm
  • Plays with adequate toughness to gain yards after contact
  • Hands and catch focus showed improvement this season as a receiver
  • Possesses raw talent waiting to be molded
  • Has kick and punt return experience and has taken three kicks back for touchdowns
Weaknesses
  • Smaller than ideal as a running back
  • Needs to do better job of sidestepping big hits or face durability concerns
  • Better athlete than running back and better runner than receiver
  • Lacks feel for blocking in front of him
  • Hasn't learned to hug the lane and flow away from traffic just yet
  • Can be slow to see run lane development allowing defenders a chance to close
  • Needs to run with more consistent tempo and rhythm in outside zone
  • Vision stalls when attempting to find cutback lanes
  • Not a natural pass catcher and has dealt with drops throughout his career
  • Needs to improve sink into routes and quickness into his breaks
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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league