Video: Draft Prospect Eddie Lacy
Every day we’ll post a video and some background for one of the more interesting college players featuring in the 2013 NFL Draft. Today, we’re talking about Alabama’s Eddie Lacy.
Alabama’s Eddie Lacy could possibly be the third Crimson Tide running back picked in the first round of the NFL draft in three years.
After two years of sharing with the likes of Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram, Lacy finally got the majority of touches for the Tide in 2012, managing a 6.5 ypc average on 203 carries that included 17 (!) touchdowns.
It’s clear Alabama has a ‘type’ when it comes to their RBs with Lacy being a stocky, powerful runner. Lacy is also in possession of a nice quick-step, great balance and is able to break tackles with his NFL-ideal size (6’0″ 220 lbs.)
His game doesn’t come without flaws however, scouts have noted good-but-not-great pass protection and receiving skills. Something he’ll have to develop when he makes it to the pros.
Much like the quarterback position running backs are considered especially weak in this year’s draft, the mere fact that Lacy is the best of an underwhelming bunch may not be enough to get him into the first round. Many draft pundits have him ranked late first round. Our own Brodie Chivers didn’t rank him in the first at all.
Alabama RB Eddie Lacy will not work out at combine after suffering small tear in some tissue around his hamstring while training last week.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 18, 2013
His draft stock may also take a small hit now it has been revealed that he won’t be working out at the Combine due to an injury to his hamstring.
One thing is certain: Alabama knows how to produce pro-ready running backs. With Trent Richardson’s successes for the Browns last season expect a lot of teams to take a hard look at Lacy come draft day.