Carlos Hyde, Running Back, San Francisco 49ers
There were reports this past spring, coming out of the San Francisco Bay area, that the 49ers front office was ready to move on from Carlos Hyde before the season started, and that they even seriously considered taking Leonard Fournette with the second overall pick in the draft. In the days leading up to the draft, new General Manager John Lynch openly questioned Hyde’s fit in Kyle Shanahan’s outside-zone running scheme. Lynch and Shanahan didn’t acquire running backs Tim Hightower (whom Shanahan coached back in Washington) and Joe Williams (their third round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft) to simply fill roster spots; they envisioned those guys pushing Hyde for carries. Hyde’s contract also expires at the end of this season, meaning San Francisco has an easy way to phase him out of their offense and part ways with him after this year.