, not the Bills
, selected Carlos Hyde with pick No. 57. (David E. Klutho/SI)
The Buffalo Bills will enter the season with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown, who was acquired in a trade on the final day of the draft, as their stable of running backs. However, they almost made a bigger splash during the draft that would have added even more intrigue to the position.
According to Bills general manager Doug Whaley, the Bills attempted to trade back up to the second round so that they could select Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde. but they couldn't find a willing trade partner.
Ultimately, the Bills were outbid by the San Francisco 49ers, who made a deal with the Dolphins and selected Hyde at pick No. 57.
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"What we were told by Miami was the 49ers deal was more appealing because they didn’t have to drop down as far because San Francisco still had a pick in the second round so that made sense to them and it made sense to us,” Whaley said, via the team's official website.
Hyde would have given the Bills three starting caliber running backs, but when you consider Spiller and Jackson are both set to hit free agency after the season it appears that Buffalo was planning ahead and hoping it would be able to secure a franchise running back before losing one of its top rushers next season.