Prospect: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
By Clint Clearwater
NFL Draft Director and Senior Writer
February 9, 2013
5-10 Wt: 220 40: 4.45

Strengths:  Extremely tough football player.  Runs with a low center of gravity.  Plays with great speed and shows true power.  Consistently breaks arm tackles; he’s a very hard runner.  Pretty agile and elusive for a bigger back.  Shows good burst and is very quick to hit the hole.  He has soft hands, very good receiver out of the backfield; he’s a 3 down back.  Has a good motor; does not give up after initial contact, keeps his feet moving.  Has great field vision and makes good cuts to follow the hole.  Shows good patience.  Not a lot of wear and tear on him.

Weaknesses:  Pass blocking needs to be better.  I didn’t see anything that really bothered me, but there are times where he missed his block.  Needs to improve on this.    Had a foot injury last spring.

Summary:  Lacy is my number 1 RB in this draft.  In my opinion he’s the complete package with natural talent.  He’s a tough, hard runner, good receiver out of the back field and a player who can carry the load for an NFL offense.  I really think he has terrific field vision, makes good cuts, has deceptive speed and is surprisingly elusive for a bigger RB.  I expect Eddie Lacy to continue to rise up big boards and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was drafted somewhere in the top 15.

Draft Projection: 1st round