Carlos Hyde, Ohio State, 5-11, 230, 4.66
Yard Barker review:
“One-cut downhill runner, who can pick up yards after contact,” the AFC executive said. “He looks like he has the burst and the quickness to hit the hole before it closes. He has a lot of power and can run over you.”
“Strictly a power back,” the NFC personnel man said. “He runs over you, not around you. Little worrisome about some stuff (tested a nine on the Wonderlic test).”
“I think he could slip into the bottom of the first round,” the NFC scout said. “He’s a big, power back. If you’re looking for that, he’s the guy.”
2013: Big Ten Running Back of the Year and first-team All-Big Ten pick. Was suspended for the first three games for being a “person of interest” in an assault investigation. Finished season with 100-plus rushing yards in nine consecutive games. 2012: Second-team All-Big Ten selection. Played in 10 games, missing two with an ankle injury. 2011: Played in all 13 games, and had first two 100-yard rushing games of career. 2010: Played in seven games. 2009: Spent 2009 at Fork Union Military Academy.
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.
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.
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.
• Bishop Sankey, Washington, 5-9, 209, 4.49
Yard Barker review:
“Ran faster than you thought he would (at the Combine),” the AFC executive said. “He’s tough. He can break a tackle or two. And he can run away from you, too.”
“He’s not bad,” the NFC personnel man said. “He can do a lot of things. With the way the league is now, everyone using two and three backs, he’ll fit right in for you.”
“I like him,” the scout said. “He’s right there with the rest of them.”