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49ers NFL Draft Picks Carlos Hyde, Chris Borland Faced off in Big Ten

Posted May 16, 2014

Who got the better end of their four-year matchup? An image and a video illustrate the successes of both the Ohio State running back and the Wisconsin linebacker.

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1. Hyde from Borland

When the 49ers spent second- and third-round NFL Draft picks last weekend, the team drafted enemies. Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde and Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland beat each other up for four seasons in the Big Ten. Hyde's Buckeyes bested Borland's Badgers in three times. But the win-loss record doesn't illustrate this story as well as the image above and video below this paragraph. In their final matchup, in September of last year, Hyde rushed for 85 yards and Borland recorded a team-high 16 total tackles. They each won their fair share of plays, whether it was Hyde stiff-arming Borland here or Borland standing Hyde up there. It should be noted that, when Borland was on the sideline for the teams' Nov. 2012 matchup, Hyde rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

Now they're teammates in San Francisco.

"He was an all-around player," said Borland, who hasn't relived recent history with Hyde quite yet. "We had seen him earlier in his career (at OSU) and he was a little heavier, more of a bruising back. I know he shed some pounds before this past season, but he is a complete all-around back without any flaws really." 

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks called Hyde the best draft pick by any NFC West team, which is certainly saying something.

>>In case you missed it, here's Hyde's Ohio State career in pictures.

2. Fullback Upright

Hyde carried the ball 523 times in four Big Ten seasons. Another new teammate, fullback Trey Millard, carried it only 98 times in four Big 12 seasons. But Millard, the 49ers seventh-round pick, jumps like a svelte sprinter. To the evidence:

3. A Second Chance

Quarterback Josh Johnson was among the 49ers final roster cuts at the end of the 2012 preseason. Johnson, who played for Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego and was last with the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL, re-signed with San Francisco on Wednesday. He'll be challenged again to make the team's 53-man roster given the presence of starter Colin Kaepernick as well as Blaine Gabbert, McLeod Bethel-Thompson and undrafted free agent signee Kory Faulkner. But Johnson likes his chances more this time around.

"Alex (Smith) was the starter then," Johnson, who has averaged 6.2 yards per rush in four pro seasons, said Thursday. "Kap is the starter now. Kap is an athletic quarterback. I’m an athletic quarterback as well.

"Once I talked to coach, he said they do things now that fit my skill set a little bit more. When I was here last time the whole athletic-quarterback deal wasn’t as big as it now. It’s kind of like a different opportunity, a better opportunity."

4. Around the League

>>The Bengals are working toward a long-term contract extension for linebacker Vontaze Burfict, the NFL's leading tackler in 2013, before he becomes a restricted free agent in '15.

>>The Cleveland Browns were motivated to move up and draft quarterback Johnny Manziel, at least in part, by Manziel's text message to quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains. Manziel wrote, "Hurry up and draft me." We wish we had Loggains phone number, too.

>>Lastly, a 49ers fan with Photoshop chops was re-tweeted by her favorite and appropriately nicknamed wide receiver.

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