- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The San Francisco 49ers has been roundly applauded for their draft class. One of the players who stands out is Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, who the 49ers took with the No. 57 overall pick in the second round.
The rugged Hyde is considered a perfect fit for the 49ers, who are one of the few NFL teams that still relies on the ground game. Longtime star Frank Gore is turning 31 this week and he is in the final year of his contract. The team will slowly bring along 2013 fourth-round pick Marcus Lattimore, who is recovering from a 2012 major knee injury. Lattimore will not be rushed.
ESPN scout Matt Williamson said the 49ers’ selection of Hyde was an exceptional choice.
“It shocks me that he was still available that late in the draft and I assume that San Francisco just thought he was just too good to pass up, so I am all in favor of it,” Williamson said. “This offense just got much better. The running game and offensive line should be exceptional for years to come.”