Carlos Hyde entered 2013 at Ohio State as a bit of a question mark. He was productive with the Buckeyes in 2012, but off-field issues handed him a three-game suspension to start the season and brought his character into question. Hyde bounced back from his dipping stock upon his return in week four of 2013, though, and pounded the rest of the Big 10 into submission from that point on.
With a stellar 1,500+ rushing season to cap his career, Hyde had his talents on full display in his senior year, and left little doubt in NFL scout’s minds that he could play at the next level. Exactly what his draft value would be and what type of role he’d be looking at in the NFL, however, was and probably still is open for debate.
Let’s take a closer look at Hyde’s pros and cons to help project him for the 2014 NFL Draft:
College: Ohio State
Weight: 242 lbs
40 Time: n/a
- Excellent size and bulk for the position
- A one-cut, downhill runner
- Lowers pads and lays great licks on defenders
- Exhibits excellent vision and patience
- Rarely misses the hole, follows blocks consistently
- Very productive against solid competition
- Does not shy away from contact – he inflicts it
- Easily breaks arm tackles
- Can shed tacklers thanks to strength and underrated burst
- Tough to take down when he gains momentum
- Not a timid blocker, will attack the defender in read-option
- Shows soft hands as a receiver out of the backfield
- Does not have elite speed
- Not the most explosive back
- Doesn’t always run with tenacity
- Inconsistent – he weirdly is tough/bruising and then the exact opposite
- Is not a very experienced receiver
- Blitz pickup needs work
- Uses improper leverage and can get blown up/pushed back too easily
Want a steady running back who can push the pile, will fight for extra yardage and has a nose for the end-zone? It’s a bit of a cliche’ by now, but that’s what Hyde is. He’s the total package, but merely lacks the flash of what scouts want their elite NFL backs to be. With that said, I don’t like the Eddie Lacy comparisons. Hyde can be a beast, but he isn’t that guy consistently enough, and he’s not as beastly as Lacy has shown to be. But the upside here is that if he gets consistent with his playing style, Hyde can get there.
We also need to see more of him as a receiver out of the backfield and he’s not the fastest guy, but there’s very little to dislike about them. He’s worked his way up to being a day two selection and whoever nabs him will be stoked. He’s absolutely an NFL starter.
Draft Range: Early to Mid 2nd Round
NFL Player Comparison: Bernard Pierce
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