NFL Draft 2017: Kareem Hunt says “I’m going to keep a chip on my shoulder”

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 28: Toledo Runningback Kareem Hunt
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 28: Toledo Runningback Kareem Hunt /
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One of the most talented running backs in the NFL Draft and star of the Senior Bowl, Kareem Hunt says he’ll enter the pros with a chip on his shoulder.

Kareem Hunt is hungry to hit the field. With the field so competitive at running back, Kareem Hunt has an uphill climb to make his name known among the Leonard Fournettes and Dalvin Cooks of the NFL Draft. But given every chance so far, he’s showing himself to be among the best.

At every level, Hunt has done just done just that. At the University of Toledo, Hunt was a man among boys with 28 career games of 100 yards rushing or more and only 15 under that amount. Three of those games without 100 yards were games from Hunt’s freshman year where he only had 1 or 2 carries. In other words, when given the starting role, Hunt could not be stopped. However, despite his career totals of 44 touchdowns and a 6.3 yards/carry average, Hunt’s detractors point to his level of competition in the MAC, with rivals like Ball State, Buffalo and Kent State.

At this year’s Senior Bowl, Hunt took advantage of playing with others from much bigger conferences. Not only did Hunt rush for an incredible 188 yards, but he was named outstanding player of the game for the North squad. When reflecting on his time at the Senior Bowl, Hunt said he was glad for the chance to show what he could really do on a different stage.

"“I feel like it helped me out a lot. It showed I could really play with some of the best of the best,” said Hunt at the NFL Combine. “Honestly I get a lot of stuff about ‘Toledo don’t play tough enough competition’ sometimes, and I came in with something to prove. I’m going to keep a chip on my shoulder.”"