Last season, the Kansas City Chiefs had the definition of an average rushing offense.
They ranked No. 15 out of 32 teams with 1,748 rushing yards, for 109.3 yards per game, 4.2 yards per carry, 15 touchdowns and four lost fumbles.
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LSU product Spencer Ware did a respectable job filling in for injured veteran Jamaal Charles, who ultimately was released and signed by the Broncos.
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Ware finished with 921 yards on 214 carries (4.3 ypc).
The 230-pound bruiser had three touchdowns, three lost fumbles and just three carries of 20-plus yards. Backup Charcandrick West had 88 rushes for 293 yards and one touchdown.
Perhaps looking to add depth and some explosive potential, Kansas City drafted Toledo running back Kareem Hunt in the third round.
Hunt was the catalyst of one of the highest-scoring teams in the country at Toledo, tearing up meager MAC defenses on a weekly basis.
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He finished his collegiate career with 4,945 rushing yards (6.3 yards per carry) and 44 touchdowns, plus 555 receiving yards with a touchdown.
Hunt's versatility and speed are reminiscent of the skill set of Florida State?s Dalvin Cook, the Heisman finalist who went in the second round. Many scouts have speculated Hunt could be a hidden gem of the draft.
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"If he was playing at one of the SEC schools, the whole world would know about Hunt," one anonymous scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I didn't have the guts to give him higher than a third-round grade, given the competition. He is seldom tackled by the first man. Effective receiver out of the backfield. Excellent balance."
Perhaps anticipating competition for the position, Bookmaker.eu is offering a prop bet on the Kansas City backfield:
Who will be the Chiefs starting running back in Week 1 of 2017 NFL regular season?
Spencer Ware, -450
Charcandrick West, +250
Kareem Hunt, +750
I'll take the value on Hunt, as there is a good chance he'll impress in the pre-season and crack the starting lineup.
I think the Chiefs saw Ware as a solid backup to Charles, but didn?t plan to make him an every-down back for years to come. Hunt provides the game-breaking threat they're looking for, and he is the top value among these options.