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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