Hyde and Mewhort Highlight Day Two
Day Two of the NFL Draft carried on the momentum and excitement of the first round. Two more Buckeyes were selected in the second round and none in the Third. Carlos Hyde, the number one overall running back was not even the first running back picked, which this blogger is confused about or see it as another jab at Ohio State, but he found a new home with San Francisco at the 25 spot in the second round. The 49ers love to run the ball, and this pick makes some sense as they were the third best rushing team in the NFL last year, but I feel a little bad for Hyde because he will be a part of the running back carousel that includes veteran Frank Gore, the teams leading rusher with over 1,000 yards. I personally felt that Hyde would have word better in New York with the Giants to compliment Donald Brown, or like I stated in the previous blog, the Cleveland Browns. I would have loved for the Colts or Steelers to take him, but they have a their own running backs that they are trying to build up. I don’t think Hyde will stay in San Francisco very long, and he will be traded somewhere else in a few years.The second Buckeye taken was Jack Mewhort by the Indianapolis Colts at the 27 spot in the second round. I like this pick because the Colts needed some help the line, and they need to protect their investment, I mean quarterback Andrew Luck. Mewhort will be a good fit there because he has experience playing multiple positions on the line and he is a gym rat. I think the Colts will be impressed how focused he will be and he will be able to learn from the guys in front of him on the depth chart. I don’t expect him to play much his first year, but that is ok.
There were no Buckeyes selected in the third round but the Big Ten is being represented in the first three rounds. I do expect a few more Buckeyes to be picked up this last day of the draft, including Andrew Norwell, C.J. Barnett, Christian Bryant, and Corey Brown. My far-out there prediction is that the Houston Texans select Kenny Guiton as the Mr. Irrelevant pick, but it brings him back home to Texas. I think “Smooth Jazz” will find a home somewhere in the NFL as a free agent if he is not picked up, and will be a good back up for any team. Lets hope for a good day three of the NFL Draft and Go Bucks!