Carlos Hyde NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2014

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 05:  Carlos Hyde #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks away from Traveon Henry #10 of the Northwestern Wilcats to score a second half touchdown at Ryan Field on October 5, 2013 in Evanston, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Northwestern 40-30.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State (HT: 5'11⅞”, WT: 230 lbs)

San Francisco 49ers (49ers trade 63rd and 171st picks to Dolphins for 57th pick)

Second Round: 57th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

Combine Weigh-in
511723032"9 5/8"
Combine Workout
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  • Powerfully built with prototypical size for the position
  • Strong and physical downhill runner who punishes defenders when he gets a full head of steam
  • Very good balance, does not go down without a fight, and many would-be tacklers merely bounce off of him
  • Light, nimble feet for a big running back. Picks and pops for extra yardage
  • Shows some elusiveness in the open field and can be slippery between the tackles. Fairly shifty with some lateral agility, can juke defenders and make people miss on an island
  • Generally a very good blocker, shows great effort in pass protection and picks up blocks in space. Possesses a nasty streak
  • Demonstrates vision to find small creases and cutback lanes
  • Minimizes losses. Drives his feet or twists on contact to gain extra yardage. Shows the ability to move the pile and almost always falls forward
  • Bruising in short-yardage situations. He will grind out the tough yards or can deliver an impact block
  • Finished his college career playing the best football of his life. Looked to be in better shape and was quicker and faster as a senior
  • Has some versatility due to size and blocking ability. May be able to also fulfill the fullback role
  • Flashes the ability to adjust to poorly thrown passes and catch the ball away from his body
  • Relatively good ball security, does not put the ball on the ground much
  • He has little wear on his tires for a senior running back prospect with less than 600 college touches 




  • Displayed improved burst and speed as a senior but remains more of a move-the-chains back than a home-run hitter
  • Lacks the extra gear to break huge runs, shows average acceleration
  • Running outside the tackles is not his strong suit; he is not especially quick to turn the corner
  • Not an outstanding receiver, drops some passes and lacks experience as a route-runner. Was not utilized much as a receiver out of the backfield at Ohio State
  • Does not make explosive or dynamic cuts
  • Can be found guilty of running into his blockers. At times it appears he would benefit from patience
  • Maturity will still be a question for teams. Was suspended for the first three games of the 2013 season
  • Occasionally struggles with blitz recognition, at times blowing assignments in pass protection
  • When blocking in space, he sometimes throws himself at the defender’s feet and misses entirely
  • Missed two games in 2012 due to an ankle injury



Rushing Statistics
2010Ohio State241415.90
2011Ohio State1065665.36
2012Ohio State1859705.216
2013Ohio State20815217.314
Receiving Statistics
2010Ohio State000.00
2011Ohio State10737.30
2012Ohio State8516.41
2013Ohio State161479.23


Personal Notes

  • First-team All-Big Ten 2013
  • Third-team All-American 2013
  • Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year award (Big Ten) 2013
  • Served a three-game suspension to start the 2013 season due to a July incident at a bar. The case against him was dropped
  • Second-team All-Big Ten 2012
  • Majored in African American and African studies


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One of college football’s great bounce-back stories, Carlos Hyde responded to a three-game suspension by elevating his play to new levels. In the best shape of his life, he carved Big Ten defenses with improved speed, agility and burst. Arguably the top senior running back in an unspectacular class, he is sure to tempt teams looking for a potential workhorse in the backfield. While he lacks proficiency as a receiver, he should fit well in most offensive schemes.


Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round