Carlos Hyde to San Francisco and Jack Mewhort to Indianapolis in Round Two of NFL Draft
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Carlos Hyde had to wait a little longer than expected to hear his name called, and Jack Mewhort probably heard his a little earlier than expected. Together, they have now given Ohio State four NFL Draft picks through the first three rounds, with rounds four through seven to take place on Saturday.
Hyde was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round with the 57th overall pick. He joins the 49ers coming off of a season where he rushed for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns in just 11 games for the Buckeyes.
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Hyde was named the 2013 Big Ten Running Back of the Year, but ended up being the third running back drafted after many expected him to be the first tailback off the board. Washington's Bishop Sankey and LSU's Jeremy Hill were selected ahead of him.
He finished sixth in the nation in rushing last season, averaging 138.3 yards rushing per game, and 156.1 yards in Big Ten play. He owns the best career yards-per-carry average in OSU school history (6.1), as well as in a single season (7.3 in 2013), and a single game (10.2 vs Illinois in 2013).
His 3,198 career rushing yards are good for the sixth-most in school history.
"I was at his pro day and that was what surprised me most , his ability to catch," said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. "He's got great speed for his size. At his pro day he caught everything, and for me that's what sold it. He has first-round talent."
Hyde became the 12th Buckeye running back to be drafted in the last 20 years. The 49ers currently have running backs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Marcus Lattimore on the roster.
Mewhort went two picks later in the same round to the Indianapolis Colts with the 59th pick overall. He is the 10th Ohio State offensive lineman drafted in the past 10 years and the 40th Ohio State offensive lineman taken since the NFL and old AFL combined drafts in 1967.
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Mewhort was a first-team All-American per ESPN.com this past season, and was also recently named a team captain for the 2013 season.
"He played left tackle at Ohio State," Mayock said. "Most of the people think he'll kick inside. There's a group of people in the league who think his best position might be center. I believe Mewhort will eventually be a starter. He should find a home somewhere as a starting guard for Indianapolis sometime next year. That's a smart tough guy right there."
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