Senior Bowl Players That Atlanta Will Fall In Love With

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Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) pumps up the crowd prior to the 2013 Big 10 Championship game against the Michigan State Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

CARLOS HYDE, RB – OHIO STATE

Projected Round: 2nd

Atlanta currently has Steven Jackson, Jason Snelling, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Antone Smith as their current Running Backs.  And while that group isn’t that bad of a bunch, Atlanta could still use an upgrade.

At 6 feet, and 242 pounds, Hyde is a heavyweight runner who can push the pocket and fight for those desperately needed yards.  Even with his size, Hyde has exceptional acceleration out of the backfield.  Him coming to Atlanta would bring that burst of speed and toughness Atlanta has lacked in years past.  Carlos finished his Buckeye career with nearly 3,200 yards, and 41 total touchdowns.

Not only would his talent entice Dimitroff, but the Falcons could actually be in the need of a Running Back by the time the Draft rolls around for a couple of reasons…

  1. Jason Snelling has recently turned 30 years old, and was arrested for possession of marijuana earlier in the season.  Snelling has a 1.733 million dollar cap hit next year, so if Atlanta decides to cut ties, a replacement must be taken.
  2. Steven Jackson didn’t benefit from Atlanta’s poor run blocking, but it was obvious that the Future Hall of Famer had lost a step in 2013.  Jackson missed a sizable portion of the season due to lingering ankle injuries, and didn’t surpass 1,000 yards for the first time in 8 years.  If the Falcons lose Steven for an extended period of time in 2014, Hyde could easily come in and fill the shoes left by the all-time great.

I only believe the Falcons will take Hyde if they trade back in the first round, and get an extra 2nd round pick.  With that being said, the lines do need to be addressed, but Carlos Hyde would secure the RB position in Atlanta for years to come.

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