Round 4: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo (5-foot-10, 216 pounds)
With Frank Gore turning 34 at the start of the 2017 season, the time is now for the Colts to find their future starting running back. They should be able to find one with the last pick in the fourth round.
Kareem Hunt would be a decent selection for the Colts at this point in the draft. The 21-year-old running back rewrote records at the University of Toledo.
Hunt finished his career as the Rockets’ leader in career rushing yards with 4,945. Just this pas year, Hunt ran for 1,475 total yards on 262 carries and posted 10 rushing touchdowns in 13 games this past season. As a result, he earned All-Mac 1st-Team honors.
While Hunt has the production, he does have some physical flaws. According to Lance Zierlein, Hunt does not have top-end speed to break big plays. This was evident at the NFL Combine. His best time in the 40-yard dash was 4.62 seconds.
However, his overall skills translate well to the football field. He has the size and strength to absorb initial hits and keep his momentum moving forward. He is also a solid receiver out of the backfield which will be a nice safety valve for Andrew Luck.
There will be a large variety of running back available at the end of the fourth round. If the Colts do not like Hunt, running backs Wayne Gallman, Jeremy McNichols or James Conner could also be available.
With the running back position secured, the Colts can return their focus back to the defensive side of the ball.