Photo of Eddie Lacy
Drafted By: Packers
  • Round 2
  • Pick 29
  • Overall 61

Combine Results

Grade
82.0 ?

Draft Analysis:

"At 230 pounds, he's got much better feet than people think. This guy's a three-down tailback. He'll protect the quarterback. He can carry 20 to 25 times a game. For the Packers, who have been running the ball by committee, this is a perfect pick." -- Mike Mayock

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 231LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Lacy was a four star recruit coming out of high school, when he chose Alabama over Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, Mississippi State and LSU. He played only seven games during his senior year due to injuries, but still managed 1,046 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Lacy earned LSWA 5A All-State honors after rushing for 1,800 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior in 2007.


Lacy started off his career with a redshirt in 2009. The following year, Lacy logged 56 carries for 406 yards and six touchdowns. He was also a part of Alabama’s kickoff coverage unit. As a redshirt sophomore, Lacy carried the ball 95 times for 674 yards and seven touchdowns.


In 2012, Lacy became the feature back for the Tide, and did not let the opportunity pass him by. In 14 games, Lacy registered 204 carries, 1,322 yards, and 17 touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Lacy had 26 runs of 12 yards or greater. His performance earned him a first-team All-SEC selection.

Analysis

Strengths

Powerful, workhorse back type of build. Strong lower body, consistently runs through tackles. Patient, allows his blocks to develop. Light on his feet, able to make quick, fluid moves. Plays with good pad level and balance. Not afraid to finish a run with contact, often falls forward. Shows some agility and elusiveness in space. Decent hands out of the backfield.

Weaknesses

Doesn't always make the best decisions as a runner, will miss openings. Not tremendously dynamic. Inconsistent as a blocker, doesn't attack his target.

NFL Comparison

Frank Gore

Bottom Line

Lacy has the build and the talent to be a starting running back in the NFL. He plays with light feet, and great balance, yet he still runs with a lot of power. While he's not a tremendously fast guy, he has more than enough tools to compensate. One thing that Lacy will have to improve going forward is his blocking.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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