CARLOS HYDE – RB – OHIO STATE
Powerful build with good thickness. Runs with good balance and does a great job of keeping his feet moving on contact. The type of back that falls forward more often than not. Good north/south runner who can pick up tough yards. Shows the ability to catch away from his frame. Has the size to stand his ground as a pass-blocker.
Lacks explosiveness and he’s very much a 1 speed runner. Doesn’t have an impressive burst and takes longer than most to reach his top speed. Not shifty and lacks any lateral explosion. Lacks the speed to routinely turn the corner. Can be too hesitant at times and lacks the burst to escape closing defenders. Not experienced as a pass-catcher. Still needs a lot of work on blitz pick-ups. Suspended for 3 games as a senior.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Verdict: Hate him
There’s nothing special about Carlos Hyde and it speaks of a poor running back class if he’s near the top of most peoples rankings. He’s a tough inside runner who can be a workhorse at the next level. However, he won’t excel. For a team needing a quick starting option at running back he is ideal. However, I anticipate his prime to be short and his overall career to be average at best.
Grade: 4th Round