The San Francisco 49ers seem to have focused in on Toledo running back Kareem Hunt in their pre-draft preparations. ESPN’s Michael Rothstein is reporting the 49ers are expected to bring in Hunt for an official visit this week. The 49ers met with Hunt at the 2017 NFL Combine, and reportedly worked him out at some point in the past three weeks.
The 49ers have reportedly met with Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, and worked out UTEP’s Aaron Jones and New Hampshire’s Dalton Crossan. Those are the only three running backs the team has done work on beyond visits at the Combine or an all star game.
Lance Zierlein compares Hunt to Olandis Gary. He likes Hunt’s vision and agility, and describes him as an adequate pass catcher for screens and check-downs. In comparison, Pro Football Focus pointed out that he forced the second most missed tackles (22) this past season on receptions for running backs. They also liked his vision, and like how he strings together moves on his runs.
NFL.com offers this summary:
Big back with plus vision and enough elusiveness to make the first defender miss. Feel for the rushing lane helps him choose the correct path between the tackles but lacks the burst to turn the 4-yard run into 14. Zone-scheme runner with serviceable hands out of the backfield. Adequate in most areas and has talent to become a backup that can step in and handle a bigger load if needed.
PFF offers this summary:
Hunt is a well-rounded player who was highly productive in college. He’s one of the most elusive running backs in the draft class. Hunt’s balance stands out from the pack and is at his best when in the open field. His skill set fits best in a zone-heavy offense, but can run any concepts. Toledo got him more involved in the passing game in his final year and showed significant improvement. He forced the second-most missed tackles (22) in the nation on receptions for running backs. He has limited pass-protection experience, but otherwise could be an every-down back from the start if needed.