Kiper: Carlos Hyde debuts on Big Board

Ohio State RB enters Mel’s ranks while Brett Hundley climbs into top 15

Updated: December 4, 2013, 12:36 PM ET

Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

Carlos HydeTrevor Ruszkowksi/USA TODAY SportsCarlos Hyde rushed for 226 yards and a TD in Ohio State’s win over Michigan last week.

The decision by Marcus Mariota to return to school wasn’t much of a shock. After he hurt his knee about a month ago, he looked frustrated with his movement, and it clearly affected him as a passer. I think another year of college football will be good for him because it will allow him more time to develop as a passer who, while he can move incredibly well, is less reliant on movement to maximize his throwing. 

That said, Mariota’s return to school takes him off the Big Board, which only reflects prospects who could enter the 2014 NFL draft. It’s also good news for other quarterbacks, who just saw the herd thinned a little more. Scarcity creates value, and between Mariota’s decision and Zach Mettenberger‘s injury, some other QBs will have an opportunity to move up draft boards. Elsewhere, the biggest move of the week is by Carlos Hyde, who is a pretty distinct entity in this class, with a rare combination of size (240-plus pounds) and explosiveness at running back. 

As always, scouting reports remain similar week to week, with updates on matchups. Asterisks denote juniors; two asterisks denote redshirt sophomores.


AGE: 20

DOB: 2/14/93

HT: 6-6

WT: 265


He picked up another sack this weekend, but his stat line will draw some scrutiny. I just don’t think the scrutiny will hold up when people really watch the tape. Clowney has the quickness to beat people at the point of attack, the strength and strong hands to shed blocks and can pursue all over. He’s not just an edge rusher looking to quickly turn the corner, as he beats average tackles both inside and outside, which prompts many double-teams. Teams make a great effort to neutralize him.


AGE: 21

DOB: 3/18/92

HT: 6-4

WT: 244


His return has been a success, and he seems destined for the top five. He’s remained a disruptive force even with added attention, and become a better player. He’s a good pass-rusher, but I love his pursuit when the play runs away from him. A former fullback, he has a powerful lower half and has a long frame and reach. He could have left for the NFL in the spring, but more seasoning has him in great shape for 2014.


AGE: 21

DOB: 2/11/92

HT: 6-5

WT: 305


Another good story of a player returning and improving his draft status. A complete left tackle prospect with experience and a feisty, competitive nature. He’s an intense worker and has great NFL bloodlines; his father, brother and two cousins have played in the league. Has strong skills as both a pass-protector and a finisher in the run game.

To see the rest of Mel Kiper’s Big Board, you must be an ESPN Insider.

  • ESPN NFL Draft analyst since 1984
  • Contributes to SportsCenter and ESPN Radio
  • Writes weekly for ESPN Insider

Leave a comment

300-101   400-101   300-320   300-070   300-206   200-310   300-135   300-208   810-403   400-050   640-916   642-997   300-209   400-201   200-355   352-001   642-999   350-080   MB2-712   400-051   C2150-606   1Z0-434   1Z0-146   C2090-919   C9560-655   642-647   100-101   CQE_Exam   CSSLP