Packers Draft Capsule: RB Eddie Lacy

Packers Draft Capsule: RB Eddie Lacy
March 14, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Mark Strotman

Eddie Lacy (RB), Alabama

5-11 | 231 lbs.

2012 Stats:

204 car, 1,322 yards (6.5 ypc), 17 touchdowns

Selected by:

Green Bay Packers (2nd Round, 61st overall)

*Note: Lacy (hamstring) did not participate in drills at the NFL Combine or his Pro Day, so his official numbers are not posted in the video.*

Strengths:

Similar to Marshawn Lynch, Lacy will not be outworked in between the tackles, fighting for leverage and extra yards. Has strong legs and an upper-body that can withstand hits on first contact, and at Alabama his vision to find holes and open seams in the secondary made him one the most dangerous running backs in the SEC. Where he lacks in top-end speed he makes up for in acceleration hitting holes after planting on one foot and exploding off it. He was not used much in the passing game by the Crimson Tide has above-average hands out of the backfield.

Weaknesses:

At 231 pounds he isn't your typical east-west runner who is going to juke too many defenders out, but it hasn't been an issue in his career to this point. His style of running has left him susceptible to injuries (ankle) in the past but he seems to have worked past them.

Fit for the Packers:

The Packers got tremendous value on what some scouts thought was the best running back in the draft. He slipped mostly due to health concerns but he will fill a huge need in the backfield for the Packers and should give Aaron Rodgers a running game to work with. Lacy is projected to split carries with fellow rookie running back Jonathan Franklin.