Average Draft Position (CBS): 192nd
NFL Veteran Comparison: Isaiah Crowell
Spencer Ware is going to need to look out. The Kansas City Chiefs chose Kareem Hunt, a lesser-known prospect out of Toledo with their third round selection (86th overall). The 5’10” 216 lbs running back was a force at the mid-Division I level, rushing for 4,945 yards and 44 touchdowns in his four years at Toledo. Hunt has already impressed the Chiefs coaching staff tremendously in his short time there. He joins Ware and Charcandrick West in the Chiefs backfield, and here’s why he will rise to the top of the Chiefs’ depth chart:
- Ware started off hot the first half of last season, but sputtered in the Chiefs’ final eight games. Hunt showed consistency in his time at Toledo, averaging 141 rushing yards per game in his final four games last season.
- Hunt may also be the most versatile running back in Kansas City’s stable. Ware is mostly a downhill runner, and West is a shiftier, pass-catching back. Hunt combines these styles, as his frame allows him to run for power, but he is also a solid pass catcher out of the backfield and has surprising lateral quickness and shiftiness.
- Hunt is receiving high praise from the Chiefs coaching staff. Running backs coach Eric Bieniemy said that he’s “been working his tail off” and they’re “throwing everything at [Hunt]”.
Hunt could potentially seize the starting role by Week 1 if he continues his work throughout training camp. Hunt will be sharing carries in the Kansas City backfield, and a 1,000 yard season is not out of the question, but it does seem like a reach this year. Hunt could be in position to score 6+ touchdowns this year as of now, but that number could increase if Hunt also wrestles away Ware’s role as the goal-line back.
Isaiah Crowell is Hunt’s veteran comparison, because of his versatility as a shifty but powerful runner, as well as a solid pass catcher. Crowell measures up at 5’11” 224 lbs, slightly bigger than Hunt, and is also has similar speed (4.57 40 yard dash) compared to Hunt (4.62 40). Hunt is currently being drafted as a late rounder, and if he slides this far in any fantasy draft he will be a steal. Hunt could potentially end up rising to RB3/FLEX status, and could be an important asset to any fantasy team.