Carlos Hyde Third Running Back Drafted, off to San Francisco

By Kyle Rowland on May 9, 2014 at 9:00p

San Francisco fans react to the Hyde selection Friday night.

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Carlos Hyde is trading scarlet and gray for red and gold.

The bruising running back was drafted in the second round, 57th overall, by the 49ers. He was the third running back selected after Washington's Bishop Sankey and LSU's Jeremy Hill. Four tight ends were taken before the first running back, which went 54th overall.

Hyde joins a crowded backfield that already includes Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Marcus Lattimore.

Hyde at Ohio State
Year G-GS ATT YDS AVG TD LG
2010 7-0 24 141 5.9 0 16
2011 13-3 106 566 5.3 6 63
2012 10-8 185 970 5.2 16 29
2013 11-9 208 1,521 7.3 15 55

“I’m going to definitely get in there and compete to get that staring job and keep that running game alive that Frank Gore brought to the Niners,” Hyde said. “I’m going to get in there and work my hardest to get that job and if I’m fortunate enough to get that starting role, I’m embracing it and take it from there.”

Hyde rushed for nearly 2,500 yards the past two seasons, including 1,521 last season despite a three-game suspension. He became the first Urban Meyer-coached running back to surpass the 1,000-yard threshold. Hyde ended the 2013 season with nine consecutive 100-yard games. He eclipsed 200 yards in two of those games, including a 226-yard performance at Michigan, the most yards ever by an Ohio State player against the Wolverines.

Hyde also made a habit of finding the end zone. The fan favorite scored 35 total touchdowns in his final two seasons at Ohio State.

“I would describe my game as violent,” Hyde said. “What I bring is I play with a lot of passion. I feel like guys can feed off of that. They see how hard I run the ball and how much determination I run with.”

If the clock was rolled back a decade or even five years ago, Hyde would have heard his name called in the first round – probably in the top 15 picks. Instead, he’s entering an NFL that’s seen diminishing value in running backs.

Still, that doesn’t mean Hyde can’t or won’t make an impact. All 32 franchises likely viewed him as a running back who could learn the playbook and have significant carries in Year 1.

ROLL HYDE
Vintage Hyde

Despite the crowded backfield, the 49ers couldn't pass on who they saw as the best player on the board.

“The Bottom line is (Hyde) was the best player available,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. “He's not a home run hitter every time he touches the ball, but he's capable just as Frank has been capable over his career to break some long runs. He runs our style of offense very well.”

If Hyde manages to steal carries for the 49ers, he'll be running behind one of the game's best offensive lines.

“I love him as a player,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. “He’ll block. He’ll catch. He’ll run hard. He’s physical. He could have a rookie year like Eddie Lacy did in Green Bay.”

Lacy, an Alabama product with a similar body and running style to Hyde, earned offensive rookie of the year honors in 2013 after gaining more than 1,100 yards rushing and scoring 11 touchdowns. He also had 35 receptions for 257 yards.

None of Hyde’s measurables wowed scouts at the combine or pro day, but the 2013 Big Ten Running Back of the Year's ability to take hits and not tire during games is unmatched among this year’s draft class. Hyde seems to get stronger as game’s progress.

“I definitely feel I should be regarded as the best running back in this draft,” he said at the combine. “I feel like my game does enough talking and if you watch the film, you can see that for yourself."

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GoBucks10's picture

I can't believe the Bengals passed on him but good luck to El Guapo! Best bruising back in recent memory.

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

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Tampabuckeye85's picture

Very shocked and disappointed he didn't go 1st off the board. I think he is a good fit for San Fran. Looking at what the suspension did to him as far as motivation I in a small way glad others passed on him because that chip is going to be back on his shoulder and he is going to beast it his rookie year.

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BuckFly's picture

Harbaugh knows a grown ass man when he sees one. Good luck, El Guapo!

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WhySoSerious's picture

Smh took way too long, and to have two rb taking before him. #whatashame. 

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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smiesguy's picture

Great fit for Hyde outside of the crowded backfield.  Better to go to a team that's ready to compete now! 

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Wilkins78's picture

Weird. Niners still have Gore and Lattimore is supposedly looking great after sitting out last season.  Value pick though.  

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AngryWoody's picture

Pissed at Bengals. So much rage. Go 9ers.

Our Honor Defend!

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GoBucks10's picture

Your rage is shared here.

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

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FitzBuck's picture

"My secret is I'm always angry..."

Go Browns.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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southbuc's picture

Bengals are dead to me. 

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GoBucks10's picture

...Said every Bengals fan, every year when we remember who runs the team...

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

southbuc's picture

The ghost of large marge. 

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AndyVance's picture

Did someone say Large Marge?

 

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D-Day0043's picture

Totally agree. Why the Bengals picked Hill over Hyde is beyond me. They had a chance to pick a hometown guy and chose to pick an arrest waiting to happen. I am so pissed!

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buckguyfan1's picture

Thank you for the memories El Guapo.  You will be remembered as one of the great Buckeye running backs of all time.  Carry on Warrior!

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Tampabuckeye85's picture

I didn't think the Bengals would take another rb with getting Bernard last year but I really really thought if they did it would be Hyde. They disgust me right now.

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skid21's picture

Disgusted is an understatement for how I feel. Hill is a POS.

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RedStorm45's picture

But guys, HE WROTE LETTERS.

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steveoz49's picture

As a lifelong 49ers fan as well as a Buckeye fan.. this is like a dream come true!  Quick, someone pinch me...

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Los is gonna ball in Harbaughs offense...if given then chance. 

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sivaDavis's picture

LaMichael James future in SF is questionable. And word is Lattimore and Hunter can't stay healthy. He will get touches day one. And I cannot be more excited. Perfect fit. Go Niners and Go Buckeyes!

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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skid21's picture

And the Bengals end up with the POS Hill. Damn. I am so pissed right now.

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AngryWoody's picture

Really?

Great effin job Bengals.

Our Honor Defend!

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GoBucks10's picture

Seriously... Way to go Bungles. Nice to see the legacy is being upheld.

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

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D-Day0043's picture

This^^^ Marvin Lewis has a love fest going in with the $EC, and yet after 12 years he still can't figure out how to win a playoff game against a 3rd string QB, or a San Diego team that needed a miracle to get into the playoffs.

What does it say when a Michigan man Harbaugh, who has already won more big games in his short tenure than Marvin Lewis has in 12 years, is smart enough to trade up and get Hyde?

Marvin Lewis sucks!!!

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D-Buck's picture

Ugh.

Youngbuck85's picture

I am so pissed. For one, wtf bengals.  What were you thinking?? Two, the 49ers are an awful fit. Crowded backfield, all they do with their backs is make them block.  Carlos will be great for them, but could have been a rookie of the year in any other system. 

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

No. They love to pound the football. Gore is getting older. Great fit.

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Jugdish's picture

Jeremy Hill? I thought the Bengals had enough convicts. 

Remember to get your wolverine spade or neutered. TBDBITL

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dlb72osu's picture

I gave up on the Browns and Bengals in 1971 and have never looked back. When Cleveland took Scott over Tatum I was finished with them. Same with the Bengals. So much talent 100 miles from both and yet they consistently draft crap. Super Bowl will elude them until they get a clue

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
- Invictus

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KBonay's picture

Good fit.  Hyde will blossom there and make all those teams regret passing him up. 

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

F**cking Bengals. You blew that one. It took a Michigan man to see what Marvin and the Brown family brain trust couldn't. This after Truck Stop man picks Jhonny Fooseball. As Chrissy Hynde would say " hey, way to go, ohio"

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Tampabuckeye85's picture

I said a few years back when Marvin got an extension on his contract he is the only douche that can be on the edge of getting fired and walk out of that meeting with a new contract. That in itself should tell you all you need to know about the decision making process in cincy. #almostonTampaBaylevel

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D-Day0043's picture

Exactly.

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TENacious.D's picture

First of all it's San Francisco or SF. Hyde will learn that "San Fran" will not be accepted by the locals. SF is a perfect fit for El Guapo. Great coach and ownership so future is bright. He would have gotten abused by the Bengals. F-em. Big miss! Thinking about becoming a browns fan now...Lord have mercy on my soul.

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southbuc's picture

Niners get Borland in third. That will make some chippy inside drills.  

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D-Day0043's picture

What kills me is that the Bengals always want their backs to be good blockers. So they pass on the hometown kid Hyde that is an excellent blocker, fast, and hits the hole hard for Hill who is slower, can't cut, and can't block. Freaking brilliant!

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HattanBuck85's picture

Love this pick. My 9ers just got the best RB in the draft. El Guapo is gonna take the NFL by storm. 

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." - Woody Hayes

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dwcbuckeye's picture

Moved to the City 10 years ago.  Never a niners fan though, until now.  

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FROMTHE18's picture

geesh, didn't realize hyde could have potentially hit 2000 yards last year if he had played those other games….interesting pick by the 9ners but a good one.

Floyd Stahl's picture

Make them pay, Carlos.

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harleymanjax's picture

Once again Mike Brown shows he isn't half the man his father was!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

RedStorm45's picture

9ers are killing this draft.

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bukyze's picture

Maybe Boone will be a step slower blocking for the other guys in training camp, while having a little extra motivation to blast open holes for El Guapo.

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BroJim's picture

Good luck in the NFL. You will always be a Buckeye!

I season my simple food with hunger

Jeremypreemo81's picture

As a 9er fan I couldn't be more pleased.  Buckeyes/9ers!!!!!!

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BrewstersMillions's picture

There is a term thrown around about a few players each draft-Steal. This is what that is. San Francisco-who's style will be perfect for Hyde, should be brought up on charges of larceny for this pick. Hyde and Gore behind that big nasty offensive line is going to be a dangerous combination. As Gore's great NFL career winds down, Hyde will step right into that role and provide similar power with better speed and quickness. San Fran got a GREAT player today.

Side note-I'm loving my Chicago Bears approach. Happy with their draft to date.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

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Tanner's picture

Que guapo!

He'll get 100+ carries this year and be the full time back in 2015. There's a good chance only he and Lattimore are on the team after this year out of the 5 backs on the roster now.

Great pick in the mind of this 49er/Buckeye fan.

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dwcbuckeye's picture

I just ordered by Carlos Hyde SF Jersey.  Number not yet known.  Can't believe I am wearing the Niner's gear even though I live here.

My favorite teams are wherever the buckeyes are playing.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Congrats El Guapo! I see great things ahead for this young man. Super Bowl MVP anyone?