So here's how old Charles Woodson is. Back when Woodson dominated the Ohio high school football scene - the prelude to his do-it-all Michigan days - Micah Hyde watched from the stands. As a 6-year-old kid. "I just remember him being at running back and he was obviously tearing us apart," Hyde said. "I was too young to get into too many details. But he was definitely a playmaker." Then Hyde catches himself. The Green Bay Packers' fifth-round draft pick assures that Woodson's Fremont Ross High team never beat his future Fostoria team. Woodson was the athletic spectacle, but Fostoria, he said, owned the rivalry. As for his own NFL prospects, Hyde is realistic. Woodson could be Canton-bound. While "the sky's the limit," the cornerback hopes to simply be "a little percentage" of Woodson. So after losing one film junkie from Ohio, the Packers hope they added another from 25 miles away. Hyde, who played at Iowa, is counting on his football IQ overcoming the absence of top-end speed. He gets it. The 5-11½, 194-pound Hyde plummeted to No. 159 overall because of his 4.57 time in the 40-yard dash. Hyde expected a long wait. Now he's trying to prove instincts can prevail at the position. "Being a competitor, I'm mad that I didn't go until the fifth round," Hyde said Monday. "But at the end of the day, it's an opportunity. No matter what pick you are in the draft, you have to make a name for yourself. I understand that and I'm ready for that." Hyde has a whirlwind week ahead. On Wednesday, he'll appear in court for a public intoxication charge from October. On Thursday, he'll fly to Green Bay for rookie orientation. On Sunday, he'll fly back to Iowa to take two exams. And then, it's off to Green Bay again. Before any talk about film, speed, instincts, anything football-related, teams usually asked Hyde about the arrest. Past midnight, Hyde said he was at a bar near his residence and the cops showed up. His first instinct was to run.
Packers' pick Micah Hyde studies film to locate what he seeks
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 7