Former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde is getting set to begin his NFL career with one of the best teams in football this year, the San Francisco 49ers. Although they have a deep backfield already with Frank Gore and the returning Marcus Lattimore, there’s still a good chance that Hyde could see some significant minutes on the field to keep everyone fresh.
But, for as exciting as it’s going to be for him to play with a legitimate Super Bowl contender, when the draft was underway back in May, San Francisco was not where he thought he would end up. In actuality, he believed he was going to be a member of the Cleveland Browns.
“Talking to the running backs coach from the Browns (Wilbert Montgomery), I felt like I was coming here,” Hyde said at the NFC portion of the rookie symposium in Berea on June 24. “The support from the fans of me coming here, I thought I was coming here. Guys who project the draft picks thought I was coming here.”
He was even told that the team would be taking him if he was there and available.
“It was just basically the relationship that I built with (Montgomery),” Hyde continued. “He was just telling me, ‘If you’re there when it’s our turn to pick, we’re taking you. We need a running back.’”
With the way the Browns organization has been run the past couple years, maybe Hyde lucked out.