The New York Jets still have a pressing need to add more weapons to their offense. While their rushing attack ranked sixth in the entire NFL at 134.9 yards per game, they would still like to add more talented players to run the football.
Expect to see RB Chris Ivory return as starter and a positional battle to be his backup possibly develop come training camp. Bilal Powell will look to return and be a backup, but the Jets could actually give him something to keep the competition alive. They could easily just draft another RB for depth and to add someone who will compliment Ivory between his periods of rest. One such player could be Carlos Hyde.
Hyde plays the typical ground-and-pound style that the Jets love to use in their running game. He’s a tough player who isn’t afraid to go up the middle and fight his way to first downs with his incredible strength. He’s also excellent in short-yardage situations, which could be great to alleviate the stress in third-down conversions attempts.
Many NFL Draft analysts consider Hyde to be the top-rated RB in the draft, but it’s unclear if he’ll be selected in the first round. Most teams will be looking at the high-profile quarterbacks and wide receivers, so the Jets might be able to land Hyde in the later rounds.
While he had some issues outside of the football field that landed him a suspension, he knows all about success on the gridiron. He was the Big Ten Running Back of the Year and can handle the spotlight of being in a huge market like New York.
The Jets will surely have some surprises up their sleeves come NFL Draft weekend, but make no mistake about it, they will pounce on the opportunity to bring in a player like Hyde to their rushing attack. If he’s available in the later rounds, he will provide an interesting and viable option come this season who could very well be the team’s future workhorse to handle all rushing duties for years to come.