College: Ohio State
Position: Running Back
The 2014 NFL Draft is not necessarily known for its running backs, but there are quite a few quality backs available this year. One of those particular players is Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde. Hyde carried the football 208 times last season for the Buckeyes, gaining 1,521 yards (7.3 YPC) and scoring 15 touchdowns as well. He is expected to be one of the top running backs taken in the draft, and could very well get the opportunity to be one of the biggest impacts of any player in the draft.
- Strong balance/center of gravity makes it difficult for defenders to bring down.
- Breaks tackles at an above average rate.
- Good first burst.
- Above average pass blocker.
- Very good field vision and patience.
- Very inconsistent receiver out of the backfield.
- Can be knocked backwards because of upright running stature.
- Overworked in college.
- Potential off the field character issues.
There are quite a few positives about Hyde, but there are some concerns as well. With the NFL becoming more of a passing game, most running backs are expected to be polished receivers out of the backfield. That is something that Hyde will struggle in at the beginning of his career, but could develop with the right coaching. He is a very dominant back who will make defenders miss and pick up extra yards after contact, and can make big plays in addition to being a grind it out type of back.
NFL Player Comparison: LeGarrette Blount
Overall, Hyde is going to have a successful NFL career, but it may not be necessarily as a top running back. He has the potential to improve and become and every down type of player, but his workload in college and other concerns make him a dangerous pick too early as well. It will be very intriguing to see where he ends up in the draft, and what teams decides to give him the chance to prove himself. One thing is for sure, he has all of the tools to become a very good back, but will need coaching to get there.