There are still about four months left until the 2014 NFL Draft rolls around, but with the NFL Combine rapidly approaching, now is the time to start assessing prospects for the next level. NFL Network‘s Mike Mayock is right there with everyone else in the process, and recently released his top-five favorite players in rankings at each position.
There weren’t many major surprises, but one interesting ranking was Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, who Mayock has ranked as his top overall running back prospect. It’s an interesting ranking, as Hyde doesn’t have the versatility or explosiveness of Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey and arguably isn’t as talented as Auburn’s Tre Mason, either.
Interestingly enough, Carey doesn’t even make Mayock’s top-five backs in this year’s class, while Mason barely makes the list as the number five option.
Hyde absolutely is deserving of a top-five nod, but taking the top spot when Carey doesn’t hit the top-five is definitely interesting. While Hyde does project as a starting running back who can carry a full load, he doesn’t have the raw talent or athleticism as some of the other top backs in his class.
With that size, he has shown that he has the blend of size, power and vision to be the complete package at the next level. He’ll probably need to still show well in the 40-yard dash to secure his draft stock, but is beginning to look like a locked-in second day pick.
Mayock also appears to be high on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (#2 among quarterbacks) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who he has ahead of Jace Amaro in his tight end rankings.