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Oct 27, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Eddie Lacy (42) carries the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU Tigers NFL Draft Players to Watch

Here we go again! Alabama is heading into hostile territory for their first big test of the season as they take on the LSU Tigers, who are hungry for revenge after losing last year 21-0 in the national title game.

At this point, the Tide are almost unanimously favored to beat LSU, mainly because the ‘Bama offense is significantly better at this point. The Tigers are going to have to make some big plays offensively to get Nick Saban’s crew on the ropes sooner rather than later.

Both teams have a ton of top notch NFL Draft prospects, and we have comprehensive lists here:

Alabama Crimson Tide

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Here is a preview of the analysis you’ll be getting from us for both teams:

42 Eddie Lacy, Running Back, Junior  5’10″ 220 pounds

Trent Richardson better than Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram? Sure, I’ll buy it. But now you’re trying to tell me that Alabama has ANOTHER running back who is the next great thing in college football? I guess we should get used to that. Eddie Lacy was a big time prospect coming out of high school who has just 151 career carries in two seasons as a member of the Crimson Tide, but he’s got a lot of college football fans and analysts talking. Entering his junior season, Lacy is considered one of the best running backs in the country despite never being a full-time back. In fact, he is almost being overshadowed by another star freshman coming on campus at Alabama, true frosh T.J. Yeldon. However, Lacy has an interesting game. As a sophomore behind Richardson, Lacy averaged over SEVEN yards per carry and had seven touchdowns. He also averaged over seven yards per carry as a freshman with six more touchdowns. He is a huge back with quickness to the hole, power, the ability to break tackles, and he can also make people miss in the open field.

He doesn’t appear to be blazing fast, but when he gets a full head of steam, there is almost no taking him down unless you trip him up from behind. Guys with his combination of size and speed don’t come around too often, so he is a rare breed of player. He is a threat to make a big play any time he touches the ball, and his burst and quickness are second to none for players of his size. Does a good job of tucking the ball high and should continue to develop his skills as a receiver. Would like to see more of an increased role from him as he progresses as a player. Still really raw in terms of his overall ability, but the size, athleticism, and knack for making big plays are certainly there.

Does a great job of getting low and getting to the outside, where he out-runs most defensive backs and all linebackers. Has a nose for the pylon and could be a touchdown machine in the NFL someday. He is a Heisman candidate without ever carrying a full workload. I think he can be a superstar in the NFL if he stays out of trouble off the field and continues on his incredible trajectory. He has every skill you look for in a back and will be playing in a very favorable offense to his skills. As an NFL player, he has first round talent and some slight injury concerns, missing 2012 Spring practice with turf toe surgery.

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