Five Players That Will Make An Early Impact On Offense

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Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) carries the ball during the first half in the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

RB – Carlos Hyde

Eddie Lacy, Levon Bell, Zac Stacy, Gio Bennard, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that running backs have one of the easier transitions to the NFL. I predict Hyde will go to Cleveland, Jacksonville or a dark horse Houston, in the second round and run for over 1100 yards in his rookie year. Lately teams have been devaluing the running back position in the draft, but had this been five years ago, Hyde would be a top 10 draft pick.  In 2013 Hyde ran for over 1500 yards with a 7.3 YPC and did it while missing three games to start the season.

OT – Jake Matthews

If you were drawing up what an ideal NFL tackle looks like Matthews would be the model, even if his arms are a little short. Playing in a spread offense blocking for a consistently moving pocket Matthews showed in one year that he is a legit franchise left tackle. While Auburn tackle Greg Robinson might have the highest celling, Matthews is a 10 year pro who could play any position on the line.  Expect to hear Matthews name called as early as the number two pick.

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