Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) pumps up the crowd prior to the 2013 Big 10 Championship game against the Michigan State Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: New England Patriots To Draft Running Back In The First Round?

Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) reacts against the Clemson Tigers in the second half of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots always like to surprise us on draft day, and according to Daniel Jeremiah of, the Pats may end up doing that again this year, by going with a running back in the first round.

There is no denying Carlos Hyde’s talent, but I don’t think he will be selected in the first round, and I definitely don’t think New England should take a chance on him. They have a lot of other needs that are far more important than running back, including tight end, the defensive line, and the safety position.

Yes, they are a little thin in the backfield, which is why I would support them drafting a young running back later in the draft. A duo of Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen is great, but with LeGarrette Blount leaving for Pittsburgh, there is a gaping hole behind the two starters.

With that said, there are plenty of better options that will be available for the Pats in the first round, and I would be extremely disappointed to see them go with Hyde in the first round this May.

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