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Eddie Lacy drafted at No. 61 by Green Bay Packers

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock pegged Alabama running back Eddie Lacy to go to the Green Bay Packers. It ended up happening a round later than Mayock predicted.


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After a longer than expected slide, the Packers selected the tackle-breaking Lacy with the No. 61 overall pick Friday in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Although Lacy is a three-down power prospect with pass-blocking chops, he reportedly slid due to his recent hamstring woes and a nasty turf-toe injury that required surgery a year ago.

Viewed as the consensus top running back available for the majority of the pre-draft process, Lacy is an ideal pickup for a Packers team determined to add size and physicality for their expected bouts against the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers -- the new superpowers of the NFC.

A battering ram with light feet, Lacy finally will give the Packers a true foundation back to keep defenses honest against quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the aerial attack. Credit Packers general manager Ted Thompson for addressing a team need while also picking the best player available at the end of the second round.

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