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Drafted By: 49ers
  • Round 2
  • Pick 25
  • Overall 57

Combine Results

Grade
6.15 ?
  • 4.66 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"The 49ers like to bludgeon people running the football. That's what Hyde can do. He does not turn down carries. Hyde can catch the football out of the backfield so effortlessly." -- Charles Davis

  • 6'0" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 230LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Grew up in Cincinnati before moving to Florida after his freshman year of high school. Participated in football, basketball and track as a prep -- rushing for 1,653 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. Committed to Ohio State, but didn't qualify academically, so he spent the 2009 fall semester at Fork Union Military Academy (Virginia) in order to raise his ACT score. Followed in the footsteps of Eddie George, who also started at Fork Union before heading to Ohio State. Arrived in Columbus in 2010 and played in seven games as a true freshman, rushing 24 times for 141 yards (5.9-yard average) and zero touchdowns. Started the first three games of the '11 season due to a teammate's suspension; played in 13 games overall and carried 106-566-6 (5.3) and caught 10-73-0 (7.3). Played in 10 games (eight starts) in '12 and piled up 185-970-16 (5.2) on the ground and 8-51-1 (6.4) receiving. Missed two games with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Was involved in an assault investigation during the summer of '13; was a "person of interest" after an altercation with a woman at a bar. Charges were dropped, but he was suspended for OSU's first three games for conduct not representative of the football program. Was a force upon returning to the gridiron, amassing 208-1,521-15 (7.3) rushing and 16-147-3 (9.2) receiving in 11 games (nine starts). Averaged 156.1 rushing yards per game in conference play and ended his career with nine consecutive 100-yard games. Became the first 1,000-yard running back during Urban Meyer's tenure as a head coach. Did not start against Illinois due to an academics issue, but came off the bench to put on a 24-246-4 performance -- along with a touchdown catch. Also had a 226-yard game against Michigan, the most ever for an OSU runner in that storied rivalry. Named the Big Ten's Running Back of the Year.

Analysis

Strengths

Very well built -- looks every bit the part. Outstanding size, explosive power and run strength -- can be his own blocker and create his own holes. Punishes linebackers running downhill and almost always falls forward. Superb contact balance and finishing strength -- does not go down easily and can barrel through arm tackles. Extremely powerful short-yardage/goal-line runner. Gets better with a lather as the game progresses. Took over the game in the fourth quarter vs. Northwestern (2013) and willed team to victory. Surprisingly quick in short spaces and can plant hard and go. Is solid in pass protection and can stonewall blitzers in their tracks. Good awareness and anticipation to react to stunts and adjust to movement. Soft hands-catcher. Plucked the ball very naturally at his pro-day workout.

Weaknesses

Lacks elite breakaway speed. Average elusiveness and make-you-miss. Is still learning what it means to really work and be a pro -- entered program with some underachiever traits early in career. Weight fluctuated earlier in his career and needs to pay more attention to nutrition. Has missed at least two games in three seasons.

Draft Projection

Rounds 1-2

Bottom Line

A big, strong, powerful, NFL feature back who carried the Buckeyes' offense as a senior and proved he can be a workhorse. Solid all-around, chunk runner well-built for the physicality of the AFC North.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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