So I'm not really going to try it. This is going to be about a player in the draft that I really like, but I'm not sure the Seahawks should get. For those Broncos fans that click on this post I'm not dismissing your team as an opponent because when I reference draft position I'm going to use the 32nd pick for the Seahawks. That's not my aim. My aim is to talk about players in the draft because I'm not very good at talking about players in the NFL. And personally, I'm trying to stay away from much in depth analysis other than the occasional analogy about the Seahawks defense.
So the premise isn't that common is it? A player that I love, think fits the Seahawks scheme very well, think will be a beast at the next level, and yet, I don't think that they should draft him. Well, I guess it's not that weird if you have precognition, because then you'd know that I'm talking about Carlos Hyde, HB, Ohio State.
Now the first thing I look for in a running back is speed. Now, I don't mean that in the sense that he has to be able to run past every player on the field, just that he has to have enough speed to take it too the house if he has room. There are very few running backs that don't have that second gear that are very successful in the NFL, the only two that I can think of are Alfred Morris and Jerome Bettis. Bettis has incredible power, and Morris is in a system that complement's him perfectly. They are outliers. Marshawn Lynch has enough speed, Arian Foster has enough speed, those are guys that don't have great speed, but have the vision, agility, and power to make defenders look silly and break off big runs. That's what I see in Carlos Hyde. He doesn't have game breaking speed, but he's got enough to complement his power and moves that when he breaks one, he can break it big.
I basically see Marshawn Lynch when I look at Carlos Hyde. He's got enough speed that, coupled with his power and moves, can make big plays out of nothing.
Now for the problem. Hyde is projected to go in the late first to the mid second round, barring a complete collapse of some kind. That presents the dilemma of when he should be taken by Seattle, if at all. He'll likely be there at pick 32, but would he be there at pick 64? It's very possible that Seattle could trade back into the early second to grab an extra third or fourth rounder, which could be a good place to take him, but what about the WR need? What about the OG need? OK, so those are really the only two spots that we really need players, but most of those players will come at a premium. Maybe Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey come in there and dominate, maybe J.R. Sweezy gets it together, maybe something happens there, but then there's still the WR need, and it's not just any WR that they need, they need size. All the top three receivers on this team are less than 6' tall (which is why I get mad when people mock Brandin Cook to Seattle, it's like they're not even trying). Brandon Coleman could work, as could Donte Moncreif and Cody Latimer, Kelvin Benjamin doesn't have the hands, and Mike Evans is way out of our price range (again, barring a massive collapse of some kind). Those three (Coleman, Moncreif, Latimer) could likely be had in the second or third round. But then what if we can't retain Michael Bennett? That adds a need at DT for a new pass rusher (though, in fairness, then we'd likely be able to afford Clinton McDonald and Tony McDaniel).
So here's my question for the Field Gulls community, would you like Carlos Hyde (from a player standpoint, without regard to draft position)? If not, please state why. If so, when would you like to take him? Did Christine Michael play a part in your decision making? Should we use another 2nd round pick on a runningback?
I guess that's more than one question. Here's his site on Draftbreakdown.com they've got some tape of Hyde against good defenses and bad defensesif you want to take a look: http://draftbreakdown.com/players/carlos-hyde/