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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Iowa CB Micah Hyde

03.11.13 at 9:43 am ET
By will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots make a selection.

Micah Hyde (AP)

Iowa cornerback Micah Hyde (left) was named Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year after recording 78 tackles, 14 pass breakups, one interception, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. (AP)


Position: Cornerback/safety

School: Iowa

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 190 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-Big Ten first team (coaches, media), 2012 Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year, 2012 Team MVP, 2011 All-Big Ten second team (media), 2011 All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches), 2010 All-Big Ten honorable mention (media)

What he brings: Hyde’s height, vertical and hand strength enable him to bat down jump balls and deflect passes. His length helps him avoid stiff-arms from ball-carriers, and his upper-body strength helps him rip off blocks. Hyde is an aggressive run defender and is solid at wrapping up receivers after the catch.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 3 or later

Notes: Hyde was arrested after an alcohol-related incident in Iowa City in October, and he pleaded guilty to interference with official acts. He was removed as team captain for the transgression. … Hyde finished his senior season with 78 tackles, 14 pass breakups, one interception, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. … Micah’s brother Marcus was a safety at Michigan State from 2006-10.

Related articles: Hawk Central: Why Micah Hyde can play in the NFL

Hawk Central: Hyde is named Big 10 top defensive player

Black Heart Gold Pants: Internet reaction to Hyde’s award

Video: Here’s a highlight package of Hyde.

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