Could Hyde be a 1st Rounder?

HYDEYOKIDS's picture
October 6, 2013 at 1:54a

Alright guys this is my first blog post on elevenwarriors so I'm pretty excited. Carlos Hyde has been a favorite of mine the last year and a half and I was wondering what the consensus was on his draft stock. I know RBs don't often go in the first round unless they are really something special, but Hyde is very consistent in those short yardage situations. He's shown he can break, bruise, and dodge tackles fighting for every yard. From what I can see he blocks pretty well and today we also saw that he has some pretty soft hands when need be.

I'll admit I don't always understand how the NFL evaluates and sizes up Running Back prospects, and I know many say we haven't played against a SEC level defense, but Hyde was absolutely unstoppable tonight, even when everyone knew the ball was going to him. If not for the suspension, I'm fairly certain now that Hyde would have broken a thousand yards this season. I think the kid has real talent but I wanted if I'm just looking through scarlet colored glasses. After tonight's spectacular performance, does anyone think that a team might take a shot at El Guapo in the first round?


vitaminB's picture

Maybe in a different era of the NFL.  You'd have to be an AP type of guy to get drafted high now a days.  He'll play on Sundays for sure.  It all depends on his combine numbers, but I'd assume he'll go around the mid to late 3rd round and be a great grinding back for a contending team. 

buckeyedude's picture

You're first shot at a blog post was almost as sure a thing as giving El Guapo the rock in the final minutes of a close game. Money in the bank.
I'm not an NFL or college coach, but Holy Toledo, if there is a better running back in college football right now, I sure as Hell don't know who that would be.
The NFL is a passing league. How else could you explain the Cleveland Browns trading a 1st round pick, Trent Richardson?

+1 Hydeyokids.



HYDEYOKIDS's picture

I'll admit I don't really have an eye where I can see the disparities in talent when it comes to running backs. I get in the NFL today RBs are just not as valuable as they once were. I'm just wondering what kind of performance and numbers would a RB have to put up to become a first round prospect?

Bolt's picture

Maybe Lache Seastrunk? I don't know, but I wouldn't mind having Hyde on my team, especially given that you won't have to spend a first rounder on him. I think he could jump into the 2nd round depending on how he finishes the season, because I think he's going to show up to the combine and take some people by surprise with how fast he actually is to go along with all the strength and size. I continue to be impressed with how nimble he is on his feet at that size.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Beanie Wells was taken near the end of the first round ... and Beanie Wells is one of many reasons why drafting running backs early has gone out of style. 
I'd say Hyde is a better prospect than Herron, so that argues for him maybe being a third-round pick? 

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Brandon26841's picture

Yeah, most talk I've seen of Hyde is around the 3rd-4th round, which I could see.
People sometimes forget just how hard it is to be a high NFL draft pick; I mean, guys like John Hankins and John Simon go in the 2nd and 4th round. Supposedly Hyde tests well running in shorts so he'll probably do pretty well at the combine, but he doesn't really show that supposed 4.45 speed on the field. There's no way he goes in the first IMO, but he's an absolute beast regardless and I think he'll be a solid pro for sure. 
I would hate to scout RB's for the NFL though. That's why you see so many good RB's that went late in the draft / were undrafted; there's so many different factors to consider with them (style of offense, offensive line play, vision / physical ability) that you never know what you're going to get. 

steveoz49's picture

I believe that he's a 2-3rd round pick. I think the new wave of the first round will be offensive linemen and lots of them.  Esp given the recent pay scale for draft picks. 

Knarcisi's picture

He has everything the NFL is looking for. 

cajunbuckeye's picture

If Braxton continues to throw to him, his stock can only rise.

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teddyballgame's picture

Doubtful, it's a passing league now...I think you have to be a complete freak of nature like Adrian Peterson to warrant a high draft pick as a RB now. 

Hovenaut's picture

If he keeps turning in production like last night anything is possible.

He's big, durable, has speed, can catch and block adequately.

Ohio State has had the good fortune of some talented folks at the quarterback position over the last decade. I expect Brax to rebound after an average game (by his standards), but it was nice to see a running back carry (in every sense of the word) this team.

Shades of early/healthy Clarett, George, Harris, Byars, Griffin....

Welcome to the site HydeYo, good post. +1.

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2014nationalchamps's picture

i would love to see him go to the Browns in the 2nd/3rd round.

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Citrus's picture

Browns in the third would be perfect. Cleveland fans love bruising runners.

armybuckinva's picture

As a Browns fan, I would take Hyde in the 2nd or 3rd.  That's the new 1st round for RBs in todays league.  Hyde has shown us that he can catch the ball out of the backfield which will help his draft stock more than the rushing stats.  Like stated above, you have to be AP level to be taken so highly anymore. 

alust2013's picture

I agree with the others, since so few RBs are take early, I doubt he would go first round. But his power and size looks like it will pan out in the pros, unlike a lot of the smaller shifty guys. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him in the top 3 RBs taken in the draft

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NoVA Buckeye's picture

The Browns need a back, we'll probably have two late first rounders... possibility?

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Poison nuts's picture

Let's see how he plays the rest of the year. Hyde is pretty durable & a tough SOB who doesn't really fumble & can be counted on to make a play when needed. The NFL loves those traits.

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OurHonorDefend09's picture

Browns need a QB, WR, and CB before running back. I'd take him in the 3rd rd with either of their 2 picks in that round, but regardless of how good he is, the TR trade shows you the value of RB's just isn't that high anymore.

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Golden Buckeye's picture

No runningback will be taken in the first round unless they are unbelievable. Too much value late in the draft.

buckeyenobility's picture

I love El Guapo and think he is the best back we have had since Clarett, but the only running back that might be taken in the 1st round this year is Yeldon. Hyde will be a steal though in the 2nd round. Surprising speed with the ability to put a team on his back with power running. Also is good at pass protection which will help his stock

sivaDavis's picture

Yeldon is good, but not THAT good. Just because you play at Bama doesn't make you worthy of a 1st round selection. Guapo has about 145 less yards and 1 less TD than Yeldon. Oh and I don't know if you noticed but he played in 3 less games against opponents he would have absolutely RACKED up yards against. No RB as of right now is worth a 1st round selection but there will be one taken at the end of the first round that no one saw coming. If Hyde can carry the load and run OSU to a National Title, it could be him.

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cajunbuckeye's picture

The last few Alabama running backs haven't lived up to NFL expectations.

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2014nationalchamps's picture

actually, the last few bama studs taken in the first round havent really panned out into superstars. Dareus might be the best of the bunch taken in the top 10.

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D. Anthony's picture

Love Hyde, but he will be a mid-round guy at best... guys that pound and get pounded like him don't last enough seasons to warrant a higher pick.

D. Anthony

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Don't follow the NFL much (although just finished watching some of the Dallas / Broncos game, man, what an exciting shootout) but I have been telling people I think Hyde will play in the NFL, too strong and explosive not to.  Will he go in the first round ... one of 32 players right ... probably not, but who knows, maybe he will go on an historic tear from this point on.  Really happy for the kid.

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BenW's picture

This is just one guy's opinion and it hasn't been updated since the beginning of the season, but he seems to be a solid talent evaluator. Has Hyde in mid-late 4th round.

zjhousley's picture

Nope..... 3rd at the earliest!!!

gobucks96's picture

He is definitely an NFL back. The problem is, running backs aren't being taken in the 1st round anymore.. The 1st one this year wasn't until the 2nd round.

Young_Turk's picture

I agree with what seems to be the consensus, 3rd round at earliest. 
I wonder that nobody's mentioned the elephant in the room yet.  I wonder if the incident from this off-season will impact his draft status.   I imagine it won't.  Teams will talk about making sure there is no negative influence to their brand, to their fan-base.  indescretions


Frankly Scarlet's picture

Where did Chris Perry from UM end up getting drafted? It want to think the Bengals took him in the second?. He and Hyde remind me of each other in terms of their ability to carry the load, although I think Hyde might be quicker on his feet. 

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BenW's picture

Perry was a late 1st rounder, 2nd RB taken (after Stephen Jackson), but Perry was always more of a change of pace back to me in the NFL, he weighed in at the combine at like 220, giving up around 20 pounds to Hyde. 
That was also almost 10 years ago though, RBs have lost a lot of draft value since then. 

brandonbauer87's picture

Hyde's draft stock will hinge upon his combine numbers. I could see anywhere from late 1st to 5th. A lot of stock is put into numbers right now. He's shown high pick talent, now it just depends if he can turn out high pick measurables. 

Jeeves's picture

I would love to see Hyde drafted by the 49ers. Harbaugh loves this type of back and he will get a lot of work in that system. Frank Gore can't play forever can he?

brandonbauer87's picture

It's starting to look like he might play forever. 

sivaDavis's picture

If Hyde got drafted by my Niners, I would jump around and scream like a little sissy girl. I really think he would have his work cut out for him, we have about 6 RB's on the roster right now lol. He could be that next great power back though. After watching the video of him after the Northwestern game, I have so much respect for him, I think he is going to run for days and carry this team far.

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20sider's picture

Was watching the 49ers play last night and was thinking that Hyde could be the next Frank Gore. Both run tough after first contact and have some good speed once through the whole.


cajunbuckeye's picture

I'd like to see Drew Brees throwing to him out of the backfield.

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Toilrt Paper's picture

I thought it's been proven that drafting a RB in the first round is a bad idea unless he's Adrian Peterson?

SMP's picture

I agree with the third round, but could be higher depending on supply and demand.  Obviously the Browns will be in the market, maybe Atlanta... S-Jax has been injured most of the season and not getting any younger.  Other possibilities include: Jacksonville - MJD not looking like he used to, Texans - if they can not retain Tate from free agency, Giants - enough said, or Arizona?

My2Sons's picture

He'll be the 1st Buckeye drafted.

2014nationalchamps's picture

ahead of Roby and Shazier? No way

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