Iowa defensive back Micah Hyde answers questions from the media at the NFL Combine…
Question: Did you match up with receivers or did you just play a side of the field?
Hyde: “This year I did. I can’t remember which games, but we also played right, left; strong, weak; matched up against guys.”
Question: What do you think your strengths and weaknesses are?
Hyde: “I know I’m a versatile player. I know wherever somebody puts me at, whether it’s special teams or corner, I even played a little safety, whatever it is I’m going to try my hardest, I’m going to do my best at it. And I’m capable of doing it. Weaknesses, I can always tackle better. I make the tackle, but sometimes it’s not with a lot of physicality. I get the guy down, but like I said, it’s not always with physicality. I just got to bring the hips, bring the legs more.”
Question: Are teams looking at you more as a corner or at safety?
Hyde: “As of right now, corner.”
Question: In interviews, do teams say, ‘We’re looking at you at safety’?
Hyde: “No, this whole process I’ve been trying to be evaluated as a corner. I let them know I’m a versatile player like I just told you guys, and I’m capable of doing whatever. I played safety in the past. I’m just throwing that out there, just to let them know whatever they put me at, I can do.”
Question: If a team drafts you and says, ‘We’re going to put you at safety,’ how are you going to react to that?
Hyde: “That’s fine. Like I just said, I’ve played safety in the past, and I’m capable of doing that. If I’m drafted playing safety, I’d love to do that.”
Question: What did it mean to win the Tatum-Woodson Award (as the Big Ten’s best defensive back)?
Hyde: “It was a huge honor. There was a lot of great DBs in the Big Ten this year. There was some good DBs that we played, and just watching them playing against our offense, they did a good job against us. But it’s humbling that a lot of coaches in the Big Ten would vote for me for that.”
Question: Woodson and Tatum were two of the more physical guys around. You had a lot of tackles in college. Do you like that style of play?
Hyde: “I can become a better tackler. I think that’s well known. I get the guys down, but I can be more physical with it.”
Question: What team did you grow up as a fan of?
Hyde: “I honestly never had a favorite team in the NFL. I was an NFL fan. I went to a lot of Browns games growing up, but I’ve never been a Browns fan.”