One day after the San Francisco 49ers stayed pat at No. 30 in the first-round to land SS Jimmie Ward, the 49ers opted to do something different in the second-round as they traded down with the Denver Broncos. A trade that saw the 49ers swing a three-for-two deal as they parted ways with their third-round pick (No. 56) pick and seventh-round pick (No. 242) in exchange for the Broncos third-round pick (No. 63), fifth-round pick (No. 171) and a conditional 2015 fourth-round draft pick, it was a favorable deal in favor of the 49ers. Then, just moments later, the 49ers struck a deal with the Miami Dolphins and moved back up to (No. 57) while trading away two picks they just acquired from the Broncos at pick (No. 63) and (No. 171).
With the 49ers on the clock they wasted no time turning in their card as they selected RB Carlos Hyde of “The” Ohio State University. A powerful running back between the tackles as Hyde’s downhill running style is second to none in this year’s draft, he will be competing for backup duties with RB Marcus Lattimore, RB Kendall Hunter, and RB LaMichael James. A crowded backfield, it will be interesting to see how Hyde transitions to not only the NFL game but the fierce competition that lies ahead.
At 6-0 and 230 pounds of muscle, Hyde will be a force to be reckoned with as a human bowling ball between the tackles. At the NFL scouting combine Hyde put up a 4.66 40-yard dash, 19 reps on the bench-press, 34.5-inch vertical, and 114-inch broad-jump. Aside from those measurables it’s Hyde’s skill set that made him highly targeted by GM Trent Baalke.
Hyde’s power running style fits OC Greg Roman’s scheme to a tee and with him sitting there late in the second-round, the 49ers could not help but find a solid backup for RB Frank Gore. In 2013, Hyde had 208 carries for 1,521 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Great numbers on the field it has been his off-field problems that hurt his draft stock. Hyde was suspended for the first three games of the 2013 season for a bar fight altercation with a woman and while his work ethic may be in question, his production and game-film speaks for itself so the “value” was there.
With the 49ers continuing to draft players according to their board, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the draft plays out, as the 49ers have made back-to-back surprising selections.