Scouting the 2013 NFL Draft: RB Eddie Lacy

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We will now be taking a look at the dynamic running back of the Crimson TIde, Eddie Lacy.

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Name: Eddie Lacy

Class: Junior

Position: RB

Height/Weight: 5'11"/220

Projected 40: 4.55

Stats

Rushing Yards: 1182

Rushing TDs: 16

Rushing AVG: 6.42

Receiving Yards: 172

Receiving TDs: 1

Receiving AVG: 8.60

Positives

Eddie Lacy is an NFL caliber RB. At 5'11" 220, Lacy is a force to be reckoned with. He can run you over without even really trying. If you saw Lacy in the Championship game, you saw that running through people wasn't his best attribute. You would have seen a RB with great vision, and the ability to make defenders miss. For such a big back, Lacy can change direction with relative ease. If a defender tries to arm tackle Mr. Lacy, they will get a face full of turf, and good look at Lacy running away from them. Eddie has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He could be a mad man in favorable match-ups.

Negatives

Even though it is hard to stop Lacy once he gets going, Eddie isn't all that fast. He won't be won't be blowing anyone away with his speed at the combine. Lacy missed Spring practice in 2012, with an injury. It doesn't exactly mean he has an injury problem, but it's something to look at. Lacy can catch the ball, but he isn't exactly Ray Rice out of the backfield. It might be a good idea to have a genuine 3rd down back in addition to Lacy. I'm having a hard time finding negatives.

Eddie Lacy and the Jets

We need a premier RB on this team. After thomas Jones left, Greene was supposed to be this guy. He showed signs of greatness in the playoffs, when he was splitting time with better RBs. Now that he is "the guy," things haven't gone as planned. Even though Greene has fallen for his 2nd straight 1000 yard season, it was nothing to get excited about. If this offense is ever going to be taken serious again, we are going to need a serious RB

Eddie Lacy is one of my favorite RBs in this year's draft. As you can see from my negatives section, there really isn't anything to complain about. I was sort of hoping that Lacy wouldn't have the type of game that he did against ND. Before, Lacy was a good back who might have even been overshadowed by his younger teammate. The Championship game put Lacy on everyone's map. Where we are currently picking, Lacy might not be an option. At pick 9, he would be a big reach. While at the same time, Lacy's performance may have pushed him into the late 1st round. This puts him out of reach to us in the 2nd. He can still have a miserable combine, but I won't have my hopes up. Lucky for us, there is another RB with similar attributes, who might be around for us in the 2nd.

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