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Eddie Lacy likely to be drafted early in second round

For the first time in 49 years Thursday night, no running back was chosen in the first round of the NFL draft.

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That dry spell won't last long into Friday, with's Ian Rapoport reporting that Alabama's Eddie Lacy is likely to be chosen in the first six or seven picks of Round 2.

Rapoport noted that the Arizona Cardinals at No. 38 "really like" Lacy for his power and slashing ability, but they might have competition for his services.

The Cincinnati Bengals, at No. 37, also need help in the backfield and are on the hunt for a complimentary back for BenJarvus Green-Ellis, according to RapSheet. Despite his disappointing pro day, Lacy would give the Bengals' offense another weapon on the heels of drafting pass-catching tight end Tyler Eifert.

Backs have seen their stock drop in recent seasons, but we have Lacy as the best player available heading into Round 2. Draft analyst Mike Mayock listed Lacy as the 18th-best prospect before Round 1, so this is no charity case.

Behind Lacy, North Carolina's Giovani Bernard, Wisconsin's Montee Ball and South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore are additional names still available. Heck, everyone's still available.

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