2013 Green Bay Packers NFL Draft Review and Analysis

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May 10, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Eddie Lacy works out during the Green Bay Packers rookie orientation weekend. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

2. Second round, 61st overall: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

It wouldn’t have shocked me one bit to see Eddie Lacy go to the Packers in the first round, as I had him ranked as the 23rd best player in this year’s draft and the top RB overall. That was when I thought he was fully healthy. Apparently a foot injury pushed Lacy down/off a lot of teams’ draft boards, including the Denver Broncos who said they liked Lacy but chose Montee Ball instead because of health concerns. Even if Lacy isn’t able to sustain a long career because of foot injuries, I think this is definitely a pick worth making here. He is a big, powerful back with better athleticism than advertised, and he knows how to get the ball in the end zone. He has excellent agility and can make guys miss in the open field with his patented spin move. I think Lacy has as much or more potential of the Alabama RBs who came before him, but there are big questions whether he was just another product of the system. He won’t be asked to be the featured player in Green Bay’s offense as he was at Alabama, but I think he can be the #1 back for a team that has been struggling to find an identity in the running game. He will help take a lot of pressure off of Aaron Rodgers.

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  • JaKa

    Datone is getting allot of
    coverage, that’s for sure. At 6’5″ and 285 lbs. he’s
    10 – 15 lbs. short of monster.
    The Pack had trouble with teams that had all 300 lb. players on the
    line. One of your writers is saying he’s too slow and too small.
    That’s the only report on him in the USA giving him a poor write-up.
    He’s as quick as greased lightning on all accounts, has the walk, and the
    talk. It’s just up to Capers when to take the chains off the kid and turn
    him loose: It’s going to be Like Dante Monster and Clay Destruction tearing
    apart offenses all winter long. You are
    certain to see a few other defensive Packers playing much better than they have
    been i.e. AJ Hawk, as long as that tandem stays healthy. Who knows, maybe
    Woodson won’t want to go to the Raiders and come back for a much smaller
    paycheck? A step slower? Maybe a half-step, but his mouth won’t
    slow down and he’s one of the best motivators around. Perhaps more realistically,
    Mr. Jones will be Wood sons replacement in that department.