49ers take running back Carlos Hyde with second-round draft pick (w/video)

He's not a finesse, outside runner like the 49ers' current backup running backs Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James. Hyde is a 230-pound battering ram.

"I would describe my game as 'violent,' " Hyde told Bay Area reporters on a conference call Friday evening.

It's strange to think of the running back position as a need for the 49ers. They consistently have one of the best running games in the NFL.

But Frank Gore turns 31 on May 14.

He had one of the worst seasons of his career last yar, averaging just 4.1 yards per carry.

Gore's 2013 season got worse as it went on.

He averaged just 3.4 yards per carry over his final six games, and just 1.08 yards per carry against the Seahawks in the NFC championship game. The 49ers can't rely on him to carry the load like he used to.

If Gore continues to decline, Hyde could become the starter as soon as next season.

"I'm definitely going to compete to get that starting job and keep that running game alive that Frank Gore brought to the 49ers," said Hyde.

In the third round, the 49ers drafted a center, an inside linebacker and offensive tackle.

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