If the Green Bay Packers are going to improve enough this offseason through their preferred mode of operation – the NFL Draft – they have got to make changes up the middle and it has to start with a running back – in the case of the mock draft as prepared by Everything and Anything Sports its all starts with Eddie Lacy being selected with the number 26 pick by the Packers.
On top of that, this mock nominates Lacy as a potential Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate because, “[he's the ]only RB projected to go in the 1st round; Lacy exhibits the speed, power, quickness and decisiveness that are needed in elite backs.”
Lacy, who is also projected to the Packers in the first round by Mel Kiper Jr., had a very strong second half of 2012 that helped him to 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns. Lacy has great balance, excellent vision and powerful legs that keep churning after contact, a trait that makes it difficult for a single tackler to bring him down.
Most believe Lacy will be the only running back selected in the first round and while Packers GM Ted Thompson has never drafted a back in the first round, Lacy might be the thunder he considers to add to the Packers offensive backfield that already contains the lightning in the form of DuJuan Harris. The combination of those two backs could be a one-two punch that takes the Packers offense to a new level.
But as mentioned above, the Packers have to improve its team up the middle and that includes, in addition to running back, the offensive line. Lacy ran behind arguably the best lines in all of college football. The Packers’ line, as it stands, is mediocre at best. Will Lacy be as effective behind a line like the Packers; without some improvements?
That’s the measured question Thompson must answer before that first round selection, whether or not it’s Lacy.