Packers fans are praying that Eddie Lacy can revitalize the team’s running game. Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
The Green Bay Packers selected Eddie Lacy out of Alabama at the 61st spot in the 2013 NFL Draft tonight.
With a running game that’s been on life support since Ahman Green retired, the Packers solidify a position with another player who fills an immediate need. Last night, it was the defensive line and Datone Jones.
Twittersphere will be filling up about now with both Lacy lovers and haters, but it was Ted Thompson who figured he could still get Lacy at #61 and traded the 55th pick to the Niners. Picking up another sixth-rounder and Lacy is going to be seen as a good move by Thompson who is known for picking up good football players and multiple picks at the same time.
Here’s what nfl.com is saying about Lacy’s best attributes:
"STRENGTHSPowerful, workhorse back type of build. Strong lower body, consistently runs through tackles. Patient, allows his blocks to develop. Light on his feet, able to make quick, fluid moves. Plays with good pad level and balance. Not afraid to finish a run with contact, often falls forward. Shows some agility and elusiveness in space. Decent hands out of the backfield."
With Lacy in-house, it will be interesting to see if the Packers bring back veteran Cedric Benson – most likely he is out, but the Packers may bring him back for competition in camp. Lacy is a pounder who runs well between the tackles and punishes tacklers while doing it. He blocks well, which is probably what Thompson really likes about Lacy.
Here is how nfl.com describes Lacy’s downside:
"WEAKNESSESDoesn’t always make the best decisions as a runner, will miss openings. Not tremendously dynamic. Inconsistent as a blocker, doesn’t attack his target."
While they say he’s an inconsistent blocker, that’s debatable and there are many who feel he is one of the better blockers in this class. He better be … Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers needs protection.
So, with Datone Jones and Lacy now Packers, where will they turn next? Safety? Wide receiver? Offensive line? My guess is that the line gets addressed next.
Stay tuned … The third round has started and should move along quickly. We’ll give you info about the third-rounder asap.
Here is the entire second round: