49ers Might Be Giving Up on Carlos Hyde, but Not to Draft Leonard Fournette

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Sep 14, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) carries the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rumors are swirling the San Francisco 49ers are highly interested in LSU running back Leonard Fournette and are willing to move on from incumbent tailback Carlos Hyde. Niner Noise breaks down why only part of that assessment may be true.

 

The San Francisco 49ers are almost guaranteed to take advantage of a deep running back class in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Standing atop the list is former LSU product Leonard Fournette, a player CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler compared to former Kansas City Chiefs great, Larry Johnson.

Armed with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, the Niners would likely have to spend this pick — or a moderate trade-down — to acquire Fournette’s services. He’ll be gone before San Francisco selects again at No. 34.

Doing so would mean one thing — the team wants to move on from incumbent running back Carlos Hyde.

This is the scenario laid out by Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com, who wrote:

Sources with knowledge of the situation tell me the San Francisco 49ers are very high on Fournette and are seriously considering using the second pick of the draft to acquire him. The new front office wants a bigger back to run the offense and they’re ready to give up on Carlos Hyde, who has had his struggles staying healthy since being drafted by the franchise in 2014.

Part of the argument may be true. The other, not so much.

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