Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 2/61 -- Eddie Lacy, RB, 5-11, 230, Alabama...Latest big-play back from 'Bama to arrive on the pro scene with much fanfare. Lacy stepped out of the shadows of predecessors Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson and rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns to help the Crimson Tide roll to the national title last season. Injury issues (including a recent hamstring ailment) may have allowed Lacy to slide to the Packers late in Round 2, but they'll take their chances on the punishing downhill runner (SEC career record of 6.8 yards per carry) in trying to fill a void at featured back. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 2/61 -- Eddie Lacy, RB, 5-11, 230, Alabama...Latest big-play back from 'Bama to arrive on the pro scene with much fanfare. Lacy stepped out of the shadows of predecessors Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson and rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns to help the Crimson Tide roll to the national title last season. Injury issues (including a recent hamstring ailment) may have allowed Lacy to slide to the Packers late in Round 2, but they'll take their chances on the punishing downhill runner (SEC career record of 6.8 yards per carry) in trying to fill a void at featured back. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The cherry on top of Rodgers' scrumptious sundae Friday came when the Packers used what turned out to be their only draft pick of the night on a running back. Green Bay managed to get what many hyped as the best back in this year's draft class when Alabama's Eddie Lacy fell to the bottom of the second round. The Packers took the rugged Lacy with the penultimate pick of the round at No. 61 overall after they moved back six spots in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. "I think he gives us a little bit of size we haven't had for a while," said Brian Gutekunst, the team's college scouting director. "You watch the film, and he rarely goes down with one guy trying to tackle him. More guys have to tackle him; he's got to be gang tackled. That's intriguing."
The 5-foot-11, 230-pound Lacy plowed his way to 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground to help Alabama win the national title last season. By trading back, the Packers cost themselves a shot at possibly taking Montee Ball. Wisconsin's workhorse back went to the Denver Broncos at No. 58. "We liked Montee Ball a lot," said Gutekunst, adding of Ball and Lacy, "We kind of had them in the same range" on the draft board. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - General manager Ted Thompson was thrilled to fill a need on offense with Lacy, who likely will be paired with returning young prospect DuJuan Harris as a combo package to supplement the Rodgers-driven passing attack. Lacy is only the second running back taken by the Packers in the first two rounds of the draft on Thompson's watch since 2005. They also took Nebraska's Brandon Jackson in Round 2 (No. 63 overall) in 2007. Thompson said a hamstring injury for Lacy that flared up after last season and kept him from working out at the NFL Scouting Combine in February wasn't cause for concern.
"We felt pretty good about it," Thompson said of Lacy's durability. "Between the lines, he's a go-getter." Lacy brushed aside being passed over for nearly two full rounds after being touted as first-round material and a potential pick by the Packers at No. 26, where they instead took UCLA defensive end Datone Jones on Thursday. Lacy moved past the disappointment of sitting through Round 1 in the green room of draft headquarters at New York City's Radio City Music Hall by flying back to Alabama on Friday.
"I was actually on an airplane," Lacy said of how he received word from the Packers in the early evening of their selection of him. "As soon as I landed, like literally as soon as the wheels touched the ground, I turned my phone back on, and when the service (returned), it was them calling me. It's just a big relief. I was very excited. The waiting's over for me, but I still have a lot that I have to go out there and prove. I can't wait until I can start on that." - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 44. RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama (5-11, 231, 4JR)...A strongly-built back, Lacy was productive behind a smash-mouth line. But he also created some yards on his own, staying light on his feet and running over tacklers. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/13 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 35. *Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama: A disappointing Pro Day (including a 4.59-second 40-yard dash) could push Lacy down the board, but he's much more impressive on the field than off it -- he has a unique combination of vision, balance and burst. If a running back is selected in the first round, it will be Lacy. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com