Green Bay Packers NFL Draft prospect profile: RB Eddie Lacy
Eddie Lacy, RB Alabama 5-10, 231 pounds Hometown: Geismar, Louisiana
STATS: Eddie Lacy college stats
Lacy did not attend this year’s NFL Combine due to a small hamstring tear. He will work out at Alabama’s pro day, tentatively scheduled for March 13th.
News and Notes:
Lacy started for the Crimson Tide in 2012 after spending his first two seasons at Alabama backing up future 1st round NFL running backs in that of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson … Lacy had 1,322 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns last season for Alabama … Lacy recorded 140 yards along with one rushing and one receiving touchdown in this past BCS National Championship game, earning him MVP honors … Lacy earned MVP honors in the 2012 SEC championship game vs. Georgia after he dropped 181 yards and two touchdowns on them … Lacy is a sizeable back who does not shy away from contact. He has quick feet and the patience to let the play develop. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and tends to run straight ahead versus dancing around would-be tacklers
What they’re saying about him:
- Footballnation.com: “Eddie Lacy is the perfect build for a power back in the NFL. This means he can power through the defense while being very hard to bring down due to his lower center of gravity. Lacy is also a decent receiver out of the backfield – he has 35 receptions for 335 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns during his time at Alabama. Lacy does not have a history of major injuries, he’s a pretty healthy back considering he’s a power running back who doesn’t shy away from contact”
- FF Toolbox.com: “Lacy is a power back with surprising burst in tight spaces. He has good height and is a tough back to tackle. Quick, choppy feet when running through the line. Lacy has a nice blend of power and quickness. Must learn to play with high intensity more consistently. Adequate straight line speed. Average in pass protection reads. Not afraid of contact and won’t always rely on lateral movements. A north-south runner.”
- Although playing against college-level talent, he did face some of the best defenses that the NCAA has to offer. Note in the video (3:50 mark) Lacy hits Georgia defender Jarvis Jones (another first round prospect), bounces off and picks up another 25 yards
- Quick to hit the hole. Has both speed and quickness for his size
- Has good speed at the second and third level. Can break away
- Always tries to pick up some extra yardage and runs hard. Not an easy tackle and can move the pile.
- Gets quite a bit of yardage after contact
- Has agility, speed and power, which is a rare combo
- Has good acceleration both inside and getting to the edge
- Shows patience and can cut back, although tends to try and muscle through the gap
- Good check down option. Has good ability to sit down in coverage
- Initiates contact and rarely brought down by one tackler
If drafted by the Packers…
Lacy would be the type of back the Packers have rarely had and who offers the most since Ahman Green was in green & gold. His combination of speed, power and agility would add another dimension to an already-potent Green Bay offense. With opposing defenses already scheming to contain Aaron Rodgers, Lacy would create his own set of problems for defensive coordinators. Lacy would have to work on his pass protection but if all else fails, he can escape and become a safety valve as a check down. With some question marks at wide receiver, given the loss of Donald Driver and almost certain departure of Greg Jennings, Lacy would take some of the pressure off of an offense that has lived and died by the pass. Having a back that can carry it 20 times a game and be productive would help Green Bay control the tempo and clock. With an offensive line that has struggled in run blocking, Lacy is the type of back who can create something that may not always be there.
I have stated before that I am for the Packers addressing the defensive and offensive lines first. Those of you who listen to our podcasts know that I’m a huge fan of players coming out of Alabama. Barrett Jones is a guy that I like to add to the mix at O-line but it’s becoming apparent that he will fall out of the first round and the Packers can turn their attention elsewhere. If Lacy is still on the board when Green Bay is on the clock in round one, I’d gladly see him hoisting a Packers jersey when his name is called on draft day.