Hyde embraces opportunity with Niners

BEREA -- Running back Carlos Hyde headed into the 2014 NFL Draft thinking that he would be a Cleveland Brown, but after everything was said and done, he was selected in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers.

And the former Ohio State University All-American is fine that.

"It's awesome," Hyde said while in Cleveland for the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium. "Going from Ohio State to another winning program, I couldn't really ask for a better situation.

"At Ohio State, we win. We will carry that over to the Niners because that's what they do. They win. They've been playing for the championship the last three years."

Hyde thought he was going to join the Browns after meeting with running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery, who mentored two of Baltimore's fullbacks, Le'Ron McClain (2008-09) and Vonta Leach (2011-12), to multiple Pro Bowl appearances.

"Talking to the running backs coach for the Browns, I felt like I was coming here," Hyde said. "With how much support of the fans I had for coming here, I thought I was coming here. It seemed like the guys projecting the draft picks thought I was coming here.

"It was the relationship that I built with him. He was just telling me, 'If you're there when it's our pick, we'll take you. We need a running back.'"

Now in San Francisco, Hyde will team up with the 49ers' all-time leading rusher in Frank Gore, who has gained 9,967 yards and scored 60 touchdowns on 2,187 carries in nine seasons for the NFC West Division powerhouse.

And Hyde is looking forward to competing with Gore for carries, so long as it puts the 49ers back in the Super Bowl for the second time in the last three years.

"If there's not, they're going to have to make some extra ones," Hyde said of splitting carries with Gore. "I'm sure they'll figure something out.

"I really haven't been able to get a feel for it because we haven't been in pads. When you're not in pads, you've got veteran guys trying not to get hurt and the rookies are running around all fast. You don't want to hurt one another."


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