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Carlos Hyde | Running Back

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 238

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49ers selected Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde with the No. 57 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Hyde (5-foot-11 7/8, 230) started 20 games for the Buckeyes, turning 523 carries into 3,198 yards and 37 touchdowns. His career (6.11) and 2013 single-season (7.31) YPC averages each rank first in school history. Hyde managed 34 career receptions and is a work in progress in the passing game. He also lacks elite long speed (4.66) and short-area explosion (9-foot-6 broad jump). Hyde has deceptive lateral agility, light feet, and power to push piles. Though not nearly as "complete," you could argue Hyde has similar pure run talent to Eddie Lacy. The 49ers have a lot of depth at running back, but don't count out Hyde to eventually take over for Frank Gore. Fri, May 9, 2014 09:01:00 PM

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Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde is "on the radar" for the Browns at pick No. 35, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot.

This would likely make Hyde the first running back off the board. Other possibilities include the Titans and No. 42 and Falcons at No. 37. Buzz has pushed Hyde, along with Bishop Sankey, Jeremy Hill and Terrance West as the likeliest candidates to be the top prospect selected at the position.
Wed, May 7, 2014 10:20:00 AM

Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde was voted the draft's best RB in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's poll of 18 NFL scouts.

"Complete player," one scout said. "Stud. He's powerful. Great athlete. Great run feel. Catches the ball very well. He'll block. Picks up all the protections, even calls some protections. He's a good-hearted kid but he needs mentoring." Hyde is considered the only RB with a chance to slip into the first round, though most expect he's ticketed for Round 2. "He doesn't have the burst or acceleration to be a difference-maker," said another scout. "He doesn't have much juice." Hyde reportedly scored an awful 9 on the Wonderlic before improving to 13 at the combine. A third scout bashed Hyde's dedication: "When you meet him you don't totally buy in. They don't sell him at the school as your eat-sleep-drink football type. He enjoys the night life. Not as big on the work ethic during the week. Loves Saturdays. Doesn't really put in the time. Kind of plays on talent."
Sun, May 4, 2014 09:04:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said "don't be surprised if the Patriots take a RB in the first round. Maybe Carlos Hyde."

The Patriots are faced with the fact that Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley are both in the last years of their contracts, and they lost LeGarrette Blount via free agency to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hyde has the power to run inside, break tackles, and is also a good pass catcher out of the backfield. Carlos Hyde also offers the Patriots an instant upgrade over LeGarrette Blount, and could be the Patriots back of the future. While the first round could be a reach for Carlos Hyde, the move could definitely add another weapon to the Patriots offense.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 06:13:00 PM

Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde ran a forty time in the "mid 4.5s" during a private workout for "several NFL teams" last week.

Hyde's one forty attempt at the combine was unfortunate, as he managed just 4.66 seconds and pulled his hamstring. It's nice that he improved his time, but it doesn't figure to move the needle much for this probable future second-rounder. Hyde is a 230-pound thumper with light feet.
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 11:26:00 PM

Former NFL scout John Middlekauff believes the Tennessee Titans should target Ohio State RB "Carlos Hyde in the second" or Washington RB "Bishop Sankey in the third" round.

"Not a great RB year, Carlos Hyde in the 2nd or Bishop Sankey in the 3rd," Middlekauff tweeted in response to who the Titans should replace Chris Johnson with. Johnson will meet with Titans GM Ruston Webster on Friday, which could mean the end of his Johnson's journey in Tennessee. Johnson is currently due $8 million in 2014. Whisenhunt is going to need a strong running game to counter a questionable passing attack. If the Titans are looking for a perfect blend of power and elusiveness, Hyde could be an option in the second round. Bishop Sankey may not have the ideal size or frame like Hyde, but he's a perfect all-purpose back that can be effective on passing downs similar to Giovani Bernard skill set.
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 02:30:00 AM

Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde could be a "foundation" back if an NFL team is willing to construct a run-first offense for him, according to NFL Films' Greg Cosell.

Cosell compares Hyde to Le'Veon Bell and "a more laterally explosive" Eddie Lacy. "He's 230 pounds, he's got quick and light feet," Cosell said. "He's got some shiftiness to him. Some deceptive elusiveness. ... He has an excellent combination of burst and wiggle and some natural power." Former NFL player Ross Tucker added that he "really liked" Hyde. Said Tucker: "When in doubt, I would like to go with the young hammerhead... this year that's Carlos Hyde and Jeremy Hill."
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 11:20:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper says he has never seen a RB break more tackles or pick up more yards after contact as Carlos Hyde.

"You're talking about a kid that can bring it play after play, and is a nightmare to try and tackle, that is Carlos Hyde," Kiper said, after declaring the Buckeye has the most upside of any prospect in the group. Both Kiper and Todd McShay have Hyde as the top ball carrier in this class. Rotoworld's Josh Norris lists Hyde just behind Devonta Freeman, but appreciates the bulky backs ability to create yards for himself.
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Tue, Mar 25, 2014 10:40:00 AM

Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde compares to Le'Veon Bell and "a more laterally explosive" Eddie Lacy, according to NFL Films' Greg Cosell.

The analyst most likes the comparison to Bell because the two big backs share light feet. "Bell is a really good receiver," Cosell said. "Hyde does have some receiving ability but I don't think he's quite as multidimensional as Bell." Hyde, the consensus No. 1 RB in the class, has also been compared to Ryan Mathews, Frank Gore and Zac Stacy.
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 02:50:00 PM

Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde is the only running back to earn a top-two round grade from's Todd McShay.

McShay sees a potential marriage between Hyde and the Ravens. "In new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s zone-blocking scheme, getting a guy who can patiently wait for the creases to open up and then accelerate through the hole once they do is paramount," he wrote. "Hyde would be a perfect fit as a second-round pick, but if they wait until later, [FSU's Devonta] Freeman and [Washington's Bishop] Sankey are two good options." Hyde is the consensus No. 1 RB in the class. He's been compared to Le'Veon Bell, Ryan Mathews, Frank Gore and Zac Stacy.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 06:04:00 PM

When asked on Twitter for a player comparison to Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said that Carlos Hyde reminded him of "Ryan Mathews."

"Studied more tape on Carlos his burst through the hole and he has some wiggle at the 2nd level to avoid tackles. My top running back," Jeremiah added in another tweet. Our own Josh Norris also has Carlos Hyde as his No.1 rated running back in this years draft, as well. Norris compares Hydes skill set to Frank Gore and Zac Stacy.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 11:47:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde is the only running back he'd consider taking in the top-60 picks.

"There is only one running back I'd consider taking in the top-60 picks this year - Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde. Plenty of quality running backs in 3rd-5th rounds," Brugler tweeted. Hyde has a good chance to be the first RB off the board in this years draft. After an impressive Pro Day, some scouts believe he could even go in the first-round. Our own Josh Norris has compared Hyde to Zac Stacy and Frank Gore and also believes he'll be the first running back off the board.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 10:48:00 AM

Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde will run another forty-yard dash on March 26 at an as-yet undisclosed location.

Hyde tweaked his left hamstring toward the end of a 4.62 forty at the Combine and then elected not to run at the Buckeyes' Pro Day last week because he's still feeling lingering effects. Hyde's non-forty work in Columbus impressed scouts, with's Gil Brandt writing: "Hyde looked outstanding today in his position drills as a running back, and was especially impressive catching the ball." Once thought to be a second-round lock, Hyde's name has crept into the latter stages of the opening stanza. NFL Media analysts Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis both have Hyde ticketed No. 26 to the Browns.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 06:51:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde improved his stock at Ohio State's pro day and projects the Buckeyes' star as a late-first-round to mid-second-round pick.

Hyde, who didn't run the forty at the event, is Mayock's No. 2-rated running back. "What's really important for a high-level tailback, if you want to be a three-down back in the NFL, you've got to catch the football," Mayock said. "What he showed today is that he's a natural catcher." NFL Media analysts Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis both have Hyde staying local and going No. 26 to the Browns.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 08:39:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay believes the 2014 RB class is full of red flags.

The running back group, "unlike the rest of the (draft)- is short on talent and long on police and medical reports. Red flags everywhere," McShay tweeted. Four of the top prospects with off-field questions include Carlos Hyde (suspension), Ka'Deem Carey (suspension), Jeremy Hill (suspension) and Isaiah Crowell (dismissal). Keep in mind that all "red flags" are not created equal, and there are different levels of character questions. Also, we do not have information on every prospect, just the ones that are leaked or previously reported.
Sat, Mar 1, 2014 11:49:00 AM