The San Francisco 49ers selected Carlos Hyde of Ohio State with the 57th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, continuing to stockpile their backfield after trading back up to this spot with the Miami Dolphins.
The 49ers official Twitter account reported the trade:
Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post provides more details on the trade between the two teams:
Dolphins trade 57 for San Francisco’s 63 and 171.— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) May 10, 2014
Before the deal could take place, the Denver Broncos made a deal with San Francisco to move up in the second round.
NFL's Twitter account has the specifics:
What makes that deal especially interesting is that the Niners now have a fourth-round pick in next year's draft, exactly what the team gave up earlier in the day to acquire Stevie Johnson from the Buffalo Bills.
Adam Caplan of NFL.com notes the moves made by San Francisco on Day 2 of the draft:
Nice day for the #49ers: Traded for Stevie Johnson, draft Carlos Hyde.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 10, 2014
Bringing in Carlos Hyde gives the 49ers another outstanding running back for their current stable. The former Buckeye was considered by some as the best tailback in the class, but fell all the way to the Niners on Day 2.
Hyde's style is similar to another running back already on the team's roster, something he alluded to per Cam Inman of the Mercury News:
They feel my skillset can really help them out, can help them get to that next level and get that trophy. I’m so excited to get out there. They have Frank Gore. That’s a guy I compare myself to.
... I describe my game as violent. And what I bring is I play with a lot of passion. I feel guys can feed off that. They see how hard I run the ball and how much determination I run with.
San Francisco has long had a loaded backfield, and rarely has one true workhorse. While Frank Gore will likely continue to carry the load, Hyde is a similar bruising back that can take on that role in the future.
Picking a running back is beginning to become a trend for the Niners, as ESPN's Monday Night Football notes:
With a running back group that already includes Frank Gore, Marcus Lattimore and Kendall Hunter, San Francisco has a plethora of weapons to go along with an already lethal passing attack.
After coming up just short of making a second straight Super Bowl, the Niners are clearly serious about boosting their roster through the draft. And with several rounds still left to go, this might not be the last of the huge moves for San Francisco in this year's draft.
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