RB Kenyan Drake, Alabama
James Starks is a free agent, and there’s a chance the Packers move on. Finding a running back in the mid-rounds would make sense, and Kenyan Drake has the look of an interesting change-of-pace back. Drake isn’t an every-down back, but playing behind Eddie Lacy he wouldn’t need to be.
One of his biggest assets is the ability to catch the football. Drake can be lined up in the slot and can also be an effective weapon on screen passes. At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, being used as a pass-catcher in the slot could give the Packers some favorable matchups.
His quick feet and elusive qualities would make him a fun player to watch. After getting worn down by Lacy’s bruising style, Drake could turn on the afterburners and pile up big chunks of yardage. He has great speed too, and was tied for third among running backs during the 40-yard dash at the combine.
Drake is expected to be selected on day three, which would very much bring Green Bay into play. Starks is an excellent No. 2 to Lacy, but if he doesn’t return, the Packers could opt for a different style back. Matching a quick change-of-pace back to complement Lacy’s power would be a match made in heaven.
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