- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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We are looking at the best-case scenario for some draft picks of the San Francisco 49ers.
Player: Carlos Hyde
Earliest he could have big role: Week 1
Why is there an opportunity? The 49ers are a run-heavy team. There is always room for a young tailback. Hyde fits what the 49ers do because he is big, strong and he runs with purpose. He seems like a perfect fit for an offense that loves to wear down opponents on the ground.
Who is in his way? Frank Gore. But even if Gore remains the starter all year, there will be room for Hyde. Gore is 31 and is entering the final year of his contract. Hyde can help now and in the future.
Current thoughts: Hyde stood out in offseason workouts. I think there will be a role for him. Yes, the 49ers have Gore and 2013 draft pick Marcus Lattimore will contribute if he proves to be healthy, but Hyde will can be a big part of this offense because of his fit and sheer ability.