Chris Johnson: Potential 2014 NFL Draft Replacements

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Carlos Hyde (Ohio State)

Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) runs with the ball against the Clemson Tigers in the second half of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Do the Titans want to replace Johnson with a similar, fast-twitch back, or do they just want a solid, complete back? Perhaps the latter is the better route to take if the Titans want to switch gears and simply be productive with the ground attack again.

Hyde will never give Tennessee the explosiveness or versatility Johnson brought to the table, but he has a nice combo of size, power and strength. With that said, he’s at least faster than Greene and arguably has a much higher ceiling. He wouldn’t be a vastly different change of pace runner to start, but he’d be a solid long-term solution.

If the Titans want Hyde, they’ll have to pluck him off the draft board in the second round.