With their second pick — 172nd overall — in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions select running back Jason Huntley out of New Mexico State.
Standing at 5-foot-9 and only 193 pounds, Huntley is a dynamic athlete that can line up at running back, in the slot, and as a kick returner. Huntley has five kickoff returns for touchdowns in his college career.
At his Pro Day, he reportedly ran in the 4.37-4.40 second range in the 40-yard dash.
In 2019, he had over a 1,000 rushing yards with a 7.1 yards per carry average. Huntley uses his agility well to make defenders miss. Given his size, he will be in the gadget-back role.
Per Lance Zierlein of NFL.com:“Lightweight scat-back who offers good versatility as a pass-catcher, change-of-pace runner and quality kick returner. While he has some wiggle and elusiveness, he takes an alarming amount of punishing blows and gets tossed around like a sack of laundry as an inside runner. He will need to pair with a team that utilizes his vision and tempo primarily on stretch plays. His play speed is just average, which hurts him when he becomes too predictable with his choice or rush paths. Huntley runs good routes and could be considered for usage in gadget packages that also take advantage of his ability to work from the slot.”
(The article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)