30 for 29: This is the 19th in a daily series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
6-feet, 230 pounds. DOB: 9/20/91
2013: 208 carries-1,521 yards-7.3 yards per carry-15 touchdowns
Raised in Cincinnati but spent final three years of high school in Naples, Florida. Spent a year at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia before Ohio State. Had an MCL in 2012 and was suspended three games at the start of 2013 by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer after an altercation at a bar with a woman. Charges were dropped, but being suspended that long by Meyer is a bit of a feat. Had a sprained MCL in his right knee in 2012. Was named the Big Ten Running Back of the Year.
TO THE GOOD
It looks like it really hurts a lot when players try to tackle him. In addition to the tremendous physicality Hyde brings to the game as a straight-ahead runner, he has a subtle lateral shimmy he uses when he gets to the second level that freezes defenders. If that doesn’t work, he usually makes extra yards running through leg tackles because he’s so thickly built. Gets his shoulders square and goes but also has the speed to get the edge, at least in college.
TO THE BAD
Timed at 4.66 in the 40 at the Combine and that’s not good. Neither was the fact he pulled a hammy while doing it. The off-field incident is a red flag that will bear investigating.
The Patriots have incrementally become more of a ground-oriented team over the past few seasons and Hyde would be a pick representative of that. He would be an immediate replacement for LeGarrette Blount in terms of size and power. He’s also an excellent short-yardage and goal-line back. So is Stevan Ridley, but Ridley’s deal is up at the end of this year. Ridley is a little lighter and quicker than Hyde (both bog down on long runs) but Hyde doesn’t seem to come with the fumbling issues Ridley’s had. If Ridley flees, they have an in-house replacement. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com sees Hyde as a possible fit here. There’s doubt whether any backs will be taken in the first round, however.
Generally seen as a second or third-rounder.