NC State junior running back Nyheim Hines announced on Friday that he will enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
“I think this is the best decision for me and my body,” Hines said. “I’m trying to get the most out of my career that I can.”
Hines rushed for 1,112 yards with 12 touchdowns in 11 full games in 2017, and led the ACC with 1,868 all-purpose yards. That despite missing two games and part of a third while being evaluated for a concussion.
Hines submitted his name to the NFL advisory board for feedback after helping the Wolfpack finish a 9-4 season with a victory over North Carolina in the regular-season finale. He was given a third- to fourth-round grade, according to the News and Observer.
Hines tweeted on Friday: “I love Nc State and everyone apart of it. You all have made a hometown kid’s dream come true. Thank you WolfPackNation for the journey.”
The 5-foot-9, 197-pound Hines closed out his NC State career with a three-touchdown performance in a Sun Bowl victory on Dec. 29.
“I’m not going to get any taller” Hines said, discussing the factors that played into whether he would return for his senior year in an effort to improve his draft stock.
“We felt like even if he came back, we didn’t feel like his stock would go up more because of his size,” Hines’ father, Darren, told the News and Observer. “Look at (Stanford’s) Bryce (Love), he ran for 2,000-plus yards and he’s still being projected to go in the second round.”
Nyheim Hines is also an All-American relay sprinter in track who has shown he can be a big-play threat as a return man.
“I’m confident I will test well, which will help,” Hines said.
–Field Level Media