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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Eddie Lacy

  • Eddie Lacy, 5-11/221

  • Running Back

  • Alabama

  • Eddie Lacy Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Road-grading power back
  • Deceptive speed, can break off long touchdown runs
  • Ideal build and size
  • Quickness to the hole
  • Tough, physical runner
  • Excellent yards after contact
  • Arm tackles don't work on him
  • Great spin move to break free from tacklers
  • Runs behind pads
  • Effective in goal line, short-yardage situations
  • Has good straight-line speed
  • Can break off long runs
  • Shiftiness
  • Capable of handling a large amount of touches
  • Willing blocker in blitz pickup, has potential to be good
  • Didn't take a massive pounding in college
  • Hard-nosed runner between the tackles
  • Experienced & successful against good college defenses
  • Ready to play immediately
  • Quick feet
  • Good pad level
  • Durable, fresh legs
  • Strong hands
  • Scheme flexibility

  • Weaknesses:
  • Decision-making on the hole
  • Needs improvement on his pass protection
  • Needs to improve pass receiving

  • Summary: Despite being a starter for only one season, Lacy is the consensus top running back in the 2013 draft class. He is a powerful ball-carrier who breaks a lot of tackles and picks up a lot of yards after contact. Like the previous two running backs from Alabama, Lacy carried the load for his offense en route to a National Championship.

    As a freshman in 2010, Lacy was a backup behind Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. In 2011, Richardson carried Alabama and Lacy was the primary backup. Lacy made the most of his attempts as a sophomore, running for 631 yards on 84 carries with seven touchdowns.

    Lacy was the starting running back this year, but still lost touches to standout freshman T.J. Yeldon. Lacy totaled 1,322 yards (6.4 average) and 17 touchdowns on only 204 carries. He caught 22 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns, too. Lacy had massive performances against Georgia (20-181) in the SEC Championship and Notre Dame (20-140) in the National Championship.

    Like Ingram and Richardson, Lacy has a tremendous combination of size, quickness and power. He is fast to the hole and when he breaks into the open field he is tough to catch. While Lacy's ability to run over defenders and spin out of their tackles commands the most acclaim, he has deceptive speed to break off long touchdown runs.

    Lacy is so strong and thickly built that defenders really struggle to get him down. He is a punishing runner who could function in a power man-blocking scheme or a zone scheme. Alabama ran plays from both offenses, so Lacy enters the NFL with good preparation.

    In the NFL, Lacy needs to improve his ability to function as a receiver out of the backfield and a blocker in pass protection. He doesn't have a lot of experience in that aspect. Richardson ate up those snaps in previous seasons and in 2012 a lot of those plays went to Yeldon. While Lacy's underdeveloped in this regard, he has the potential to learn and become a three-down back.

    For the next level, Lacy looks like a bell-cow back who is capable of handling a large load of carries. He can be a lead power back who makes a quarterback's job easier by consistently producing third-and-short to third-and-medium situations. Lacy also will be a good back in goal line and short-yardage situations. The benefit of him being a backup for the majority of his college years is that he enters the NFL with fresh legs.

    acy looks like a late first-round or early second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He didn't work out at the Combine, which disappointed some teams. If Lacy runs well at his pro day, it would help his chances of cracking the top 32.

    Player Comparison: Frank Gore. If Lacy develops the ability to contribute as a pass receiver and blocker, he could be very similar to Gore. Like the 49ers bellcow, Lacy is a physical load who is a hard-charging running back. Gore fell in the draft because of injuries in college, but he has had an excellent career. Lacy's running style is very similar to Gore and it wouldn't be surprising if Lacy leads a physical ground game in the NFL.

    NFL Matches: Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Atlanta, New York Jets,

    The Jets need talent at running back, and Lacy would be a real upgrade for New York over Shonn Greene. The Jets would probably have to trade up for Lacy from their second-round pick, unless they trade down from their first selection.

    Cincinnati needs a running back to pair with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. Lacy could function in Jay Gruden's offense. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a quality back as part of a stable, but not a real difference-maker. Cincinnati could target Lacy with its earlier second-round pick (formerly Oakland's).

    Both the Steelers and Falcons need a starting running back, and each team will probably want a back with more power and size considering who they already have on their rosters. Lacy is worth considering for either Atlanta or Pittsburgh with its first-round pick because he could help take the load off the team's franchise quarterbacks. Lacy won't make it to either the Steelers' or the Falcons' second-round picks, so one would have to trade up for him on Friday night - if he lasts that long.

    The Green Bay Packers would be another fit for Lacy. He would take a lot of pressure off of Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay could really use some productive stability from the running back position, and Lacy would bring a physical element to the team's offense. His durability is also appealing subce the Packers have dealt with a lot of injuries in the backfield. Green Bay would have to use its first-round pick to land Lacy or trade up in the second round.

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    wait a cotton picking minute 02-14-2014 01:07 am (total posts: 1)
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    those southern boys have skill speed and talent but they are about as dumb as a sack of door knobs.

    Mora 10-10-2013 01:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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    hello ms kat! ngayon ko lang po ulit naadlaw itong blog nyo. at ngayon ko lang nabasa yung sagot nyo na yon. wala po ako masabi super nosebleed. hehehe pero nasagot nman ng maayos yung question nya.ask ko lang po naka-deac po ba yung fb account nyo? miz ko na syang bisitahin. tsaka klan po yung release ni rys this may po ba?
    Gleyson 06-21-2013 09:07 am (total posts: 1)
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    don't you love the sudden rise in green bay fans????? and then they say it was a bowuolt not at all was that game a blow out if we scored a touchdown we would've won so idk how that's a bowuolt like if you agree with me
    Soujoud 06-20-2013 04:53 am (total posts: 1)
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    Basically, there are different dinivioss and most college football fans only care about Division I-A, which is known as the FBS. Other dinivioss are Div. I-AA (FCS), Div II and Div III. The FBS has six major conferences ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Big East, Pac-10, SEC. The conferences are, more or less, regionally divided/decided, i.e. most Big Ten teams are in the Midwest, most SEC teams are in the Southeast, etc. The team from these conferences that win the conference get automatic bids to BCS bowl games at the end of the season, and other teams from any FBS school can qualify for other less prestigious bowl games if they win 6 or 7 games out of 12 or 13 (no more than one win can come from a non-FBS school, or else you have to win 7). Usually, teams win their conference by winning a conference championship game at the end of the regular season, i.e. before bowl games. After the six big conference winners are picked, there are a few spots left in BCS bowl games that go to other teams ranked highly, often in the top 8. And there is a BCS championship game that has to take the teams ranked #1 and #2 in the BCS poll. There are five other FBS conferences Sun Belt, C-USA, MAC, MWC, WAC. And then independent teams that are not part of a conference. In theory, any team can play another one in one of 3-4 non-conference games. But in practice, it's about money and competition. Some teams don't want to schedule good teams non-conference. Also, FBS teams never really schedule outside of Division I. If you like USC, support USC. It's not really up to anyone else to tell you which team to support. But in the US, rooting interests usually are decided by what school the fan attended, i.e. I attended Michigan and am a Michigan fan, or where the fan is from.
    dave dorger 04-27-2013 05:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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    He plays a lot like another guy exactly the same size.....oh, what was his name....Terrell Davis or something or other. I wonder how that guy did in the NFL.
    You don't know your stuff very well.. 04-11-2013 11:32 am (total posts: 1)
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    LETHAL? gore, lethal in the passing game? really?
    FUNNYMAN4WI 04-11-2013 03:44 am (total posts: 1)
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    I think Jones is going to be a very good player in the NFL, very versatile. That's why I don't like the Jeff Saturday comparison. Saturday only played center. Barrett Jones can play any offensive line position. A better comparison would be Seattle Seahawk Max Unger.
    T.C. 04-10-2013 11:33 am (total posts: 1)
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    Jones is the Type of Player any Coach would want on his Team and I would love to see him on the Bucs.

    He will be a 12-15 Year NFL Player & will go to Multiple Pro-Bowls. He will be a Steal in the 2nd Round and an Ultimate Steal if slips into the 3rd!
    Lions koolaid 04-05-2013 08:58 am (total posts: 1)
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    I wish my detroit football lions would select both alabama interior offensive linemen high in this draft warmack in the first then jones in the second watch out league here comes the real reggie bush
    know my stuff 03-31-2013 04:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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    He doesnt remind me of frank gore at all. Gore is lethal in the passing game and lacy wont be. Lacy is alot more like michael turner before being banged up
    Charles Rouleau 03-22-2013 12:49 am (total posts: 1)
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    Make up your mind on his size. Top says 6-0 200 bottom says 5-11 190. Those are big differences to some.I think 5-11 190 is Joe Hadens size.
    SirA 03-21-2013 11:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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    There's even a very good article about why the Lions won't draft Milliner.

    I'm glad Charlie also realizes this.
    This -> 03-21-2013 08:55 am (total posts: 1)
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    "However, Detroit selected a lot of corners in the middle rounds last year, so the team could target the offensive line or defensive line instead of Milliner. Martin Mayhew hasn't shown an inclination to draft cornerbacks in the first round over linemen."

    I wish every other mock drafter realized, like you, that the Lions are already okay going into next year at CB and they value the trenches a lot more. It seems like mocking a CB to the Lions has become a national tradition the past few years.


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