SANTA CLARA – The 49ers traded back, then traded back up Friday evening to select running back Carlos Hyde of Ohio State at No. 57 overall.
5 foot 11 7/8
Selection: Second round, No. 57 overall
Chosen ahead of . . . CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska), DE/OLB Kony Ealy (Missouri), WR Allen Robinson (Penn State), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois), WR Jarvis Landry (LSU), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (Iowa).
College career: He appeared in 41 career games with 20 starts and generated 3,516 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 3,198 yards and 37 touchdowns. He was named Big Ten Conference’s Running Back of the Year and was a second-team All-America selection.
Scouting report: “Hyde is nimble and graceful for his size with sharp footwork and very decisive, not dancing but always going north-south. He builds up momentum at the mesh point and runs downhill like it’s his final snap, trucking defenders, carrying them with power and refusing to go down. Power backs aren’t at the premium in the NFL like they once were, but Hyde has the quick feet, vision and balance to be more than just a short-yardage runner – graded as a day three prospect prior to 2013, but has the package of skills to be the first RB drafted with starting material in an Eddie Lacy-type mold.” – NFLDraftScout.com
How he fits: The 49ers are set up for the end of Frank Gore’s career with the selections of Hyde this year and Marcus Lattimore last year. While Gore is still the starter this season, Hyde should get plenty of action, especially in short-yardage situations. GM Trent Baalke has often talked about wanting to get away from a back who carries the entire load. Hyde will try to make the 49ers re-think that philosophy. The 49ers were not turned off by his off-field incident that led to a suspension last season. He was suspended for the first three games of last season after being investigated for an alleged assault. The police dropped their case, but Hyde was suspended for “conduct not representative of this football program.”