Much was made of the Franklin pick signifying that the Packers aren't completely sold on Lacy's durability. The two are expected to compete for carries -- and possibly -- the starting job.
At this weekend's rookie minicamp, the duo is mixing friendship with competition.
"We're roommates in the hotel, we talk. But we're going to have to compete," Lacy said Saturday, via ESPN Milwaukee. "It's just like when you're in college -- you get there, you meet the other running backs, you're all friends but you have to compete. It's no different here."
Franklin echoed the former Alabama running back's sentiments.
Franklin said, "On the field, we're competing definitely. But off the field, we're definitely buddies. But we're here to help each other grow and push each other to get better."
"They're two different types of backs," McCarthy said. "Obviously, Lacy is a bigger back. They're young players who definitely look to contribute."
The young backs understand they were drafted to put an end to those droughts.
"They brought us here for a reason," Franklin said. "We have to contribute. Competition is going to bring out the best in you. We're definitely going to find out what kind of men we are and what kind of athletes we are."