The 6th running back in the 2017 NFL Draft was none other than all-time Toledo’s leading rusher Kareem Hunt from the Toledo Rockets. Hunt was the first Rocket selected this year, as a 3rd-round selection, the 86th pick overall. Hunt becomes the fourth Mid-American Conference alum to hear his name called behind Corey Davis (Western Michigan), Taylor Moton (Western Michigan), and Tarell Basham (Ohio).
Hunt becomes the first Toledo alum selected in the NFL Draft since former Rockets running back Jalen Parmele (sixth round, 2008 by the Miami Dolphins) and the 29th draft selection in school history. Hunt boosted his draft stock after a strong rebound performance in 2016, finishing with his second 1,400-plus yard season of his collegiate career. Scouts noticed his presence even more after a strong Senior Bowl performance, where he earned North Outstanding Player honors.
The future Chief joins a backfield led by Spencer Ware in 2016. Hunt may find the field in his first year, as the Chiefs certainly have the opportunity for a dynamic offensive playmaker to excel in the Alex Smith-led offense. The Chiefs finished last season at 12-4 in the regular season and were beaten in their first playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hunt brings versatility and explosiveness to a playoff contender. Jamaal Charles’ free agent departure opens the door for a new backfield starter, and Hunt has the raw skill to do it.
Hunt joins a Chiefs draft class of Patrick Mahomes (QB, 1st round, 10th selection) and Tanoh Kpassagnon (DE, 2nd round, 59th selection). The Chiefs have four picks remaining — two fifth-round selections (170 & 180) and two sixth-round selections (216 & 218).
Hunt’s scouting report and draft profile can be found here.