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After being suspended for the first three games of the 2013 season, Carlos Hyde has gone on an absolute tear to lead the Ohio State Buckeyes in rushing with his 1,408 yards and 14 TDs in only 10 games. Hyde is no stranger to production, as he enjoyed a 970 yard, 16 TD season in 2012.
Hyde is averaging 7.7 yards per carry this season, which is a marked improvement over his 5.3 yard per carry average coming into the year.
In addition to his rushing production, Hyde has chipped in with 32 career receptions (three for TDs.).
While there will be a lot of debate about this bruising Buckeye and his off-field concerns, there’s no denying he is one of the most, if not the most, talented runners in the class.
Below is FRG Scouting’s breakdown of Carlos Hyde.
NAME: Carlos Hyde
Pos: Running Back
40: 4.60 (Est)
Strengths: Quickness, Power, Feet
Weaknesses: Long speed, Character
Standing 5’11” and weighing nearly 240lbs, Carlos Hyde is built to be a feature running back in the NFL…Possesses very good burst to the hole and displays enough acceleration to get to the aiming point before the hole closes…Very good feet for a big back; runs like a player 25lbs lighter…Able to change directions well for a big man, using his quick feet and loose hips to compliment his natural power…Able to get skinny through the hole on inside running plays as well as lower his shoulder and power through would-be tacklers…Runs with good power and body lean, always gaining positive yardage/falling forward…Surprising burst on outside running plays and decisive when putting his foot in the dirt and cutting upfield…Has good pop in his legs to churn out 20-40 yard runs…Good wiggle in open field; loose hips and quick shoulder fakes compliment his power nicely…Smooth catcher of the football; able to secure ball with little struggle and get moving upfield…Very good and willing blocker in pass protection and when leading on running plays; willing to mix it up with the defender and maintain his assignment.
Hyde has better than expected speed, but won’t be considered a homerun threat in the NFL…Off-field concerns stemming from suspension after alleged assault on a feamle at a bar…Benefited from some big holes at Ohio State.
On the next level, Carlos Hyde will offer teams everything you look for in a running back expected to carry the ball 20 or more times in a game. He’s a hybrid between Eddie Lacy and Le’Veon Bell, as he is a powerful player that has rare, light feet for a man his size. Rep after rep, Hyde displayed the ability to get up to full speed in a hurry, explode through the hole and jolt into the second level. Once there, he’s a load to bring down. He runs low and behind his pads and is a challenge for even the most skilled tacklers. He’s diverse, too. Hyde will keep a defender guessing with his wiggle and shoulder fakes, and has enough of that in his game to give LBs and Safeties fits. Hyde has a lot of Natrone Means to his game, and if it wasn’t for the off-field allegations, Hyde would be bordering on a first round player. That said, the alleged bar incident where Hyde (allegedly) assaulted a woman will raise red flag character concerns for NFL brass.
At the end of the day, Carlos Hyde projects as a starting running back in the NFL that can be the missing piece for a team looking for a grinding, ball control back.
GRADE: 7.9 (high-2nd round)