Top running backs often wait on draft day
Carlos Hyde can't figure out why one of the most important positions on a football team is one of the least appreciated on the first day of the NFL Draft.
The former Ohio State star projects to be the only running back taken in the first round, and there's no guarantee he'll go there.
No running back was chosen in the first round last year, and only one was taken in 2011. And only 10 have gone in the last five years.
“Yeah, it does kind of bother me. I feel like they are down on us,” Hyde said. “They don't think we are capable of doing what we know we can do. They are kind of just downplaying us, ‘We can wait to get ya'll.' ”
NFL teams figure they can draft a productive running back in the later rounds or, as the Steelers did with Willie Parker, sign him as a free agent. But Hyde points out both Super Bowl running backs, Marshawn Lynch of Seattle and Knowshon Moreno of Denver, were first-round picks.
“It's just changing the GMs' minds,” Hyde said — even if that doesn't happen by May 8.
Alan Robinson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.
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