2014 NFL Draft: Carlos Hyde Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On March – 22 – 2014

"Carlos Hyde"

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CARLOS HYDE

No: 34

Age: 23

Height: 6003

Weight: 230

Arm length: 32″

Hands: 9 5/8″

40 Time: 4.66

Bench Press: 19

Vertical: 34.5″

Broad Jump: 9’5″

BIO:

  • Grew up in Cincinnati, OH, moved to Naples, FL as a high school sophomore
  • Committed to OSU over Miami, Florida, Florida State
  • Spent a year at Fork Union Military Academy due to failing to qualify academically
  • Spent first two years at OSU as a backup, rushing for 707 yards and 6 TD’s
  • Second team All-Big Ten as a junior rushing for 970 yards and 16 TD’s – missed two games due to ankle injury
  • First team All-Big Ten, Third team All-American as a senior rushing for 1,521 and 15 TD’s – missed three games due to suspension for an altercation in a Columbus bar, no charges

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PROS: 

  • Physical runner that punishes would be tacklers
  • Tough to bring down in open field with physicality and agility
  • Makes the first defender miss with just enough wiggle
  • Thick lower body 
  • Protects the football – just 3 career fumbles
  • Shows great patience and vision 
  • Not a blazer but combination of size and speed are impressive
  • Low center of gravity, shows excellent balance
  • Underrated lateral agility

CONS:

  • Teams will have to do their homework and feel comfortable with his character/maturity
  • Hasn’t had much exposure as a pass catcher
  • Average long speed – will get caught from behind in the open field
  • Upright running style will open him up to big shots and punishment at the next level

SUMMARY:

Carlos Hyde could be the first back taken in May’s draft – and he could be in consideration for a pick in the first round. The question teams will want answered will be whether Hyde can handle being a professional. There are some lingering character/maturity questions hanging around for Hyde. If teams can look past Hyde’s off the field issues, he’s an NFL ready back with a ton of tread on his tires with just 523 carries over his four years at Ohio State.

Hyde doesn’t have great breakaway speed but his burst and wiggle allow him to make defenders miss and he’s tough to bring down in the open field. Hyde checked in at 230 pounds at the Combine but played closer to 240 pounds at Ohio State. His size is a plus and a negative as he can run over the best of them but his upright running style could be a problem over the long haul.

Hyde’s a reliable carrier with just 3 career fumbles but lacks a ton of experience catching the ball out of the backfield. He’s an average pass blocker that won’t have to come off the field. His balance and center of gravity separate him from guys like Jeremy Hill. He has extremely impressive balance for a guy that played near 240.

I think Hyde comes off the board in the 2nd round but wouldn’t be at all shocked if he was a late first round pick.

FILM ROOM:

POSITIVES:

6:17 – Shows vision and wiggle

7:26: Great job in pass protection checking A-gap to corner blitz

  • His yards after first contact in this game are unreal
  • Shows burst on several occasions
  • Willed his team to a big win despite fumbling late
  • OSU relied on him all year to seal victories

NEGATIVES:

  • Late and costly fumble – not a problem but has to secure ball in this situation
  • Gets lazy downfield blocking on a handful of occasions – his assignment makes the tackle
  • Has to stay active in pass game – Braxton Miller scrambles twice and Hyde gets lost in the trash