Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde
Height: 6 feet.
Weight: 230 pounds.
Why the Browns might target him: The Browns’ rushing offense tied for 27th in the league last season and it was left with no viable starter after the Sept. 19 trade of Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts. In 11 games, the 4-12 Browns netted fewer than 100 yards on the ground. They could pick a running back with the 26th or 35th overall selection. Hyde rushed for 3,198 yards, sixth most in Ohio State history, and finished fourth on the school list with 37 career rushing touchdowns. In his 20 starts, he averaged 112.1 yards per game and totaled 26 touchdowns. Hyde hadn’t spoken to the Browns as of Friday, but believes they need him. “I had a chance to watch a couple of the Browns games. Being at Ohio State, you see their games all the time,” he said. “There were some games they struggled real bad with running the ball. To be successful in the league, you have to run the ball. I feel like I can definitely help them out with that.” In today’s combine workouts, Hyde hopes to run into the first round with his time in the 40-yard dash. “I definitely feel I should be regarded as the best running back in this draft,” Hyde said. “My game does enough talking, and if you watch the film, you can see that for yourself. If I run a low 4.4, I’ll definitely be in the first round.”
— Marla Ridenour