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Name: *Nyheim Hines 
College: North Carolina State     Number: 7
Height: 5-08   Weight: 197
Position: RB  Pos2: WR/KR  Class/Draft Year: Jr/2018
40 Low: 4.40
  40 Time: 4.50
   40 High: 4.59

Projected Round: 3      Stock: 
Rated number 9 out of 189 RB's     101 / 2361 TOTAL
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 Data Scout Notes: 2018: 01-12-18 - Announced Early Entry into 2018 NFL Draft...2017: 1stC-RB/3rdC-ST...2016: NAC...2015: HMM-KR
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  Nyheim Hines
North Carolina State Wolfpack
Running Back
5-08, 197, 4.50, #7
Garner, North Carolina
Garner High School
Born November 12, 1996


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  …01/12/18 - North Carolina State running back Nyheim Hines is skipping his final season to enter the NFL draft. The school announced Hines' decision Friday. Hines ran for 1,112 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the nine-win Wolfpack and was a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick for The Associated Press. He averaged 143.7 all-purpose yards per game, leading the ACC and ranking fifth among power-conference players. Hines was also a Wolfpack track star. He was an ACC champion and all-American running the leadoff leg for the school's 4x100-meter relay team. He also was an all-conference pick for the 100- and 60-meter events. The school said Hines plans to complete his coursework for a degree. - AP College Football

 Overview

  … The NFL prizes versatility and few offer more of that than Hines, who starred just about everywhere the Wolfpack asked him to play, including running back, wide receiver, kick returner, punt returner and track star. Perhaps even more than versatility, scouts appreciate explosiveness and production, two qualities Hines demonstrated in 2017 with a breakout campaign in his first full season at running back.

Hines starred at running back in high school - rushing for an eye-popping 3,140 yards and 49 touchdowns in his junior season, alone - but initially made his biggest contribution to the Wolfpack on special teams. He set the freshman record at NC State and earning Honorable Mention All-ACC honors with an average of 26.3 yards on 35 kick returns, including a 100-yard touchdown against Clemson and a 90-yard scamper against Louisville. Hines tallied 1,419 all-purpose yards for the season, the ninth-best mark in school history and the second-best ever by a Pack freshman, with 256 yards and a touchdown coming as a receiver and another 243 yards and a score as a rusher.

Hines only rushed the ball 13 times (for 44 yards) as a sophomore but he was again a dangerous weapon a receiver and kick returner, catching a career-high 43 passes for 525 yards and registering 782 yards on 32 attempts returning kickoffs, scoring on the second 100-yard return of his young career in an Independence Bowl win over Vanderbilt.

Finally given an opportunity to be the Wolfpack's lead dog at running back in 2017, Hines exploded for 1,113 yards and 12 touchdowns despite missing three games due to injuries. He finished the regular season as the conference leader (among qualified runners) with a 5.9 yard average while contributing another 26 receptions for 152 yards as a receiver. Hines' production in the kick return game slipped slightly, averaging "just" 22.3 yards on 21 returns and failing to score but delivered in his first opportunities as a punt returner, taking one back 92 yards for a touchdown against Pittsburgh. Even more impressive, the return came just moments after Hines sprinted for an 83 yard touchdown as a running back the last time he touched the ball.

BACKGROUND
Competed with the Wolfpack track squad, where he won All-American honors as the leadoff leg for the 4x100m relay squad (outdoors) that also won the ACC title in 2016. Also earned All-ACC honors in the 100m (outdoors) and the 60m (indoors). Signed with NC State as the No. 133 rated player nationally regardless of position, No. 3 all-purpose back nationally, No. 4 player in N.C. by Scout.com, No. 94 player and No. 24 RB nationally, No. 4 player in N.C. by Rivals.com, No. 155 nationally in the ESPN 300. ESPN also ranked him No. 16 RB nationally and No. 5 player in N.C... Staggering production in high school, including 7,299 all-purpose yards and 126 touchdowns. Has a twin sister, Nyah, who is a hurdler on NC State's Track and Field team.


 Analysis

  STRENGTHS
Short but is not small, possessing a compact, athletic frame with a naturally low center of gravity and very good overall weight distribution. Far from just a track star in pads, Hines is a true three-tier speedster on the football field, boasting excellent initial quickness, smooth acceleration and the long speed to pull away from defenders in the open field. As a running back and returner, Hines attacks the hole, showing the burst to and through it to leave defenders in his dust, as well as the vision to take advantage of his blockers. Hines possesses very good agility to make defenders miss in tight quarters, including a compact spin move (or two, see Louisville-2017), exhibiting impressive body control and spatial awareness to maintain his balance on one foot while eluding defenders. He shows reliable hands as a receiver, extending away from his frame and quickly securing the ball. More physical than his size would suggest, showing good balance and toughness to bounce off hits and no hesitation in running through traffic. Described by head coach Dave Doeren as the "most competitive player on the field." -- Rob Rang 1/13/2018

WEAKNESSES
Does not possess an ideal frame to log 20+ carries a game. Missed three games due to injury in 2017 after registering just 61 rushing attempts over his first two seasons on campus. Short limbs, leaving him literally short-handed when it comes to reaching back to catch passes while covered. Possesses the quickness to get open as a receiver but lacks polish and consistency as a route-runner. Competitive but simply over-matched in pass protection, signaling to the defense that he may be the target if lined up in the backfield on obvious passing downs... One fumble on tape after sustaining a big hit, which knocked him out of the game (Wake Forest-2017). - Rob Rang 1/13/2018

COMPARES TO: Darren Sproles, Eagles - This may not be a fair comparison to either Hines nor Sproles as the former is significantly taller (but thus far less durability) than the 5-6, 190 pound 13-year NFL veteran. Still, the elusiveness, acceleration and versatility which has helped Sproles be one of the league's "biggest" matchup nightmares over the past decade and a half should help Hines earn at least the late 4th round selection by then-San Diego Chargers his playmaking predecessor received out of Kansas State back in 2005.

IN OUR VIEW: Hines may prove more of a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type in the NFL than the superstar he proved during his flashy prep and collegiate career in the state of North Carolina but, make no mistake, every team in the league is looking for athletes with his elusiveness and top-end speed. At minimum, Hines is a big play threat every time he touches the ball with the positional versatility to save a roster spot with it entirely possible that he'll achieve much more with a creative play-caller.


 2017 Season

  Totals Carried197 times for 1112 yards, 12 TDs, 83 long.
Caught 26 passes fpr 152 yards; returned 21 KOs, for 469 yards and 50 puts for 135 yards and a touchdown.


 2016 Season

  11 catches vs. Florida State - tied as the fifth-highest reception total in school history.
The second 100-yard kickoff return of his career in the Independence Bowl win over Vanderbilt - he is the only player in school history with two 100-yard plays.
Posted the third-highest kickoff return total in school history with 189 yards on 8 returns at Louisville. He also holds the sixth-highest mark - 169 yards vs. Louisville in 2015.
Missed the ODU game with an injury, he played only on special teams vs. Wake Forest.
Competed with the Wolfpack track squad, he won All-American honors as the leadoff leg for the 4x100m relay squad (outdoors) that also won the ACC title. Also earned All-ACC honors in the 100m (outdoors) and the 60m (indoors).


 2015 Season

  Named a Freshman All-American by Athlon and 247sports.com.
Played a variety of roles for the Wolfpack in 2015: wide receiver, kick returner and over the latter part of the regular season, running back. Sat in all three meeting rooms.
920 KOR yards as a rookie ranks 10th on the Wolfpack career list.
An honorable mention All-ACC performer as a specialist, his 26.3 yard kick return average was the league’s fifth-best mark. His 28.7 mark against ACC opponents ranked second.
Posted the second-best kickoff return average ever for a Wolfpack freshman, tied for ninth overall.
Earned the team’s Philip Rivers Award as top offensive freshman.
Tallied 208 all-purpose yards in the win over Syracuse, he was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for that performance.
Tallied 1,419 all-purpose yards for the season - the ninth-best mark in school history and the second-best ever by a Pack freshman.
Had a 100-yard kickoff return against No. 3 Clemson - that mark tied as the longest KOR and 3rd longest play in school history.
Only member of the Pack to score a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown and on a return in 2015.
Had five KOR for 169 yards versus Louisville - that was the fifth-highest total in school history.
90-yarder against the Cardinals tied for 14th-longest KOR in school history.


 2014 Season

  Played running back at local Garner High School for coach Thurman Leach … Ended his high school career with 6,242 rushing yards, 7,299 total yards and 126 touchdowns, all school records … Rushed for 2,362 yards and 38 touchdowns and had 318 yards receiving and three more scores as a senior … Helped lead team to a 13-2 record and the NC 4AA state championship semifinals … Named to the AP all-state team … Finished his junior season with 3,140 yards rushing and 49 touchdowns … Yardage total broke the Wake County record … Also had 600 yards receiving and nine touchdowns … As a sophomore playing defensive back, finished with 52 tackles and two interceptions

… On offense, he had 95 carries for 750 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns … On special teams, returned four kickoffs for scores … Played in the Semper Fidelis All-American game in Carson, Calif. … Also runs track, and was second as a junior in the 4-A state finals of both the 100-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles … Named academic all-conference all four years and is a member of the Beta Club … Twin sister, Nyah, is a member of NC State's track & field team … Ranked as the No. 133 player nationally regardless of position, the No. 4 all-purpose back nationally, and No. 4 player in North Carolina by scout.com … Ranked as the No. 94 player nationally regardless of position, the No. 24 running back nationally, and No. 4 player in North Carolina by rivals.com … Ranked No. 155 nationally in the ESPN 300, the 16th-best running back, and No. 5 player in North Carolina by ESPN.com.


 High School

  Played running back at local Garner High School for coach Thurman Leach. Helped lead his team to a 13-2 record and the NC 4AA state championship semifinals...Career Stats: 6,242 rushing yards, 7,299 total yards, 126 touchdowns - all school record...Senior Stats: Rushed for 2,362 yards and 38 touchdowns. Tallied 318 receiving yards and three more scores. Junior Stats: Rushed for 3,140 yards and 49 touchdowns. That yardage total broke the Wake County record. Also had 600 yards and nine receiving touchdowns...Sophomore Stats: Tallied 52 tackles and two interceptions as a defensive back, 95 rushes for 750 yards and 14 touchdowns, 21 receptions for 304 yards and four more scores on offense. Also returned four kickoffs for touchdowns...Honors: Named to the AP all-state team. Played in the Semper Fidelis All-American game in Cal. Named academic all-conference all four years...Track: Second in the 4-A state finals of both the 100-meters and the 300-meter hurdles...Rankings: No. 133 player nationally regardless of position, No. 3 all-purpose back nationally, No. 4 player in N.C. by scout.com. No. 94 player and No. 24 RB nationally, No. 4 player in N.C. by rivals.com. No. 155 nationally in the ESPN 300. ESPN also ranked him No. 16 RB nationally and No. 5 player in N.C.

 Personal

  Twin sister, Nyah, is a hurdler for the Wolfpack track & field squad...Major: Management.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
01/12/18 - North Carolina State running back Nyheim Hines is skipping his final season to enter the NFL draft. The school announced Hines' decision Friday. Hines ran for 1,112 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the nine-win Wolfpack and was a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick for The Associated Press. He averaged 143.7 all-purpose yards per game, leading the ACC and ranking fifth among power-conference players. Hines was also a Wolfpack track star. He was an ACC champion and all-American running the leadoff leg for the school's 4x100-meter relay team. He also was an all-conference pick for the 100- and 60-meter events. The school said Hines plans to complete his coursework for a degree. - AP College Football
12/02/17 - 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): SP Nyheim Hines, Jr., NC State, 45 Votes,...Hines was also named to the third-team as a specialist on the ACC's team. Hines returned both punts and kickoffs for much of the season for the Pack before being slowed by an ankle injury the final five games, and totaled 610 yards in both categories this year. - NC State Football
12/02/17 - 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): RB Nyheim Hines, Jr., NC State, 148 Votes,...Hines led all ACC running backs (with more than 100 attempts) in yards per carry with a 5.9 mark against league competition and rushed for 1,040 yards despite missing almost three complete games with injuries. - NC State Football
11/25/17 - Nyheim Hines scored on two touchdown runs in a two-minute span of the second half as North Carolina State overcame visiting North Carolina for a 33-21 victory in the regular-season finale Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium. Hines, a junior running back, ripped off runs of 54 and 48 yards on his way to a career-high 196 rushing yards on 22 carries. North Carolina cut into a 27-14 deficit on Nathan Elliott's 1-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cunningham with 8:16 remaining. N.C. State (8-4, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) clinched the outcome on Jaylen Samuels' 10-yard run with 1:33 to play. The Wolfpack beat its neighboring rivals for the second year in a row.

Hines ran 54 yards on the first snap of a possession to give N.C. State a lead with 40 seconds to play in the third quarter. He went 48 yards on the first play of the team's next possession, which followed N.C. State linebacker Airius Moore's interception of a deflected pass with 14:11 remaining. The Tar Heels (3-9, 1-7) are left out of the postseason for the first time since 2012. N.C. State quarterback Ryan Finley was 20-for-30 for 204 yards with an interception. Elliott, who won in his only previous two starts, finished 21-for-45 for 277 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. - The Sports Xchange

11/11/17 - Nyheim Hines, playing with a sore ankle, ran 50 yards for a touchdown with 8:22 left and No. 23 North Carolina State ended its two-game losing streak with a 17-14 victory over Boston College on Saturday. The Eagles (5-5, 3-4 ACC) had their three-game winning streak snapped. The Wolfpack (7-3, 5-1) moved to midfield on a 25-yard run by Jaylen Samuels and then, two plays later, Hines broke the winner down the right sideline. The touchdown allowed N.C. State to overcome three missed field goals in four attempts by Kyle Bambard, who did kick a 41-yarder at the end of the first half after the Wolfpack blocked a punt after turning the ball over. It also allowed the visitors to win despite 196 yards rushing, including a 66-yard touchdown romp, by Boston College's AJ Dillon, who cleared the 1,000-yard mark and broke the Eagles' freshman rushing record. Dillon actually reached 200 but lost four yards on the last of his 36 carries.

The Eagles, who lost quarterback Anthony Brown to an apparent right knee injury that left him on crutches in the first half, had a chance to tie their Senior Day game late. But a bad snap on what would have been a 40-yard field goal attempt killed the chance with 4:15 remaining. Hines finished with 110 yards on 19 carries and Samuels scored his 44th career touchdown on an 8-yard run. Wide receiver Thadd Smith rushed for 12 yards and BC's other score. Darius Wade replaced Brown and was 8 of 15 for 82 yards and he also lost a fumble. N.C. State's Ryan Finley was just 13 of 32 for 140 yards and an interception. - The Sports Xchange


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