Ravens draft primer: Carlos Hyde

With 19 days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:


Position: Running back

School: Ohio State

Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 230

Round projection: Second

File this away: Hyde said he models his game after Ricky Williams and wears the same uniform number (No. 34) as Williams.

Good: Hyde is the consensus top running back in this year's draft. He runs angry with a powerful combination of size and drive. Known as a strong finisher, Hyde will drag tacklers for extra yards. It's difficult to stop him for a loss. Hyde averaged 7.3 yards per carry and failed to gain positive yards on just 12 of his 208 carries, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He has deceptive lateral agility for his size and has enough burst to get to the edge. Consistent production has been the calling card for Hyde, who became the first 1,000-yard rusher under Urban Meyer. He rushed for at least 100 yards in each of the last nine games in 2013, including two 200-yard performances.

Bad: Hyde was suspended first three games of 2013 season for an alleged bar altercation with a woman. Police closed assault case against Hyde when the woman decided not to pursue charges. There is some concern over Hyde getting winded in games. He only had nine career games with over 20 carries. There have been questions about his work ethic and eating habits in the past.

Bottom line: Running back should be among the Ravens' priorities because of Ray Rice's legal trouble and Bernard Pierce's injury history. Hyde is a perfect fit for Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme. He has patience to wait for creases and doesn't hesitate when they open up. But Hyde's off-the-field issue could scare off the Ravens after what has happened with Rice this offseason. The Ravens might not have a decision to make. Hyde might be taken early in the second round before the Ravens are on the clock with the No. 48 overall pick.

What Hyde said: "I feel like I came back stronger after the suspension. It was my last year. I wasn't going to get these games back. So my mindset going into those games was this is it. You have to give it your all. So ever game, I gave it my all."