Rookie Review: Green Bay's Eddie Lacy
October, 21, 2013
By Kevin Weidl | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Mike RoemerGreen Bay rookie RB Eddie Lacy has given the Packers' offense another dimension.Last April, after selecting UCLA DT Datone Jones in the first round, the Packers drafted Eddie Lacy late in the second round with the 61st overall pick. After Green Bay gave up 51 sacks in 2012, which was second worst in the NFL behind only Arizona, Packers general manager Ted Thompson clearly was looking to find a workhorse-type runner to take some pressure of the offensive line and help preserve the health of their franchise quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
Lacy was our No. 1-ranked running back in the 2013 draft class. However, durability issues, along with a pedestrian pro day, played a part in him being the fourth overall running back taken last April. Lacy dealt with minor injuries throughout his final two years at Alabama and was unable to work out at the NFL combine last February because of a slight tear in his hamstring.
That said, when healthy, Lacy displays above-average feet, top-end speed and good vision for a 231-pound running back. These go along with elite power, balance and determination. All this was on display during his strong finish to the 2012 season where he played a huge part in Alabama’s national title run by accumulating 321 total yards and three touchdowns against Georgia in the SEC Championship and Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship.