Former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde is “on the radar” for the Cleveland Browns when it comes to their second-round selection. Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Mary Kay Cabot reports that the Browns could use their 35th-overall selection on the Buckeye product, likely making him the first running back selected this coming weekend.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) May 7, 2014
This pick, while decent value, would likely surprise many Browns fans who prefer the team address needs—specifically, wide receiver, cornerback or offensive line. The Browns have been linked to several running backs, but the signing of Ben Tate this offseason led many (including ESPNCleveland.com blogger Tony Grossi) to believe this would be a position addressed in the NFL Draft’s later rounds.
"@Angelo7266 if hyde is there with our first pick in 2nd rd we taking him? // No way.
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) May 7, 2014
WFNY’s Joe Gilbert ranks Hyde as the top back in this year’s draft class. Other options for Hyde appear to be the Tennessee Titans and No. 42 and Atlanta Falcons at No. 37.