If you'll remember from our draft digest series, Lacy was actually one of the more oft-mentioned players when it came to the Packers first round pick. Six of the 109 picks in the drafts analyzed by The Packer Perspective predicted Lacy to the Packers in the first round. Obviously, if you can get a running back with a first round pedigree in the late second round, that's a good thing...but also a bad thing, as we'll address in a second.
The quick reaction is that Lacy is a valuable addition to a running back corps lacking real blue chip talent. Lacy brings that talent, but he also brings questions about durability. There's no doubt he's a skilled player, but he also has a checkered injury history. Be it a hamstring or some other concern, he's had a history of being hurt. But that said, being able to get perhaps the best running back in the draft at the 61st pick is a win no matter what.
Here's everything you need to know about Eddie Lacy.
- Has the leg drive to push the pile and keeps his legs churning through contact, often resulting in broken tackles. (CBS Sports)
- Runs tough and determined with an angry attitude to finish each run and pick up positive yardage. (CBS Sports)
- Light on his feet, able to make quick, fluid moves. (NFL.com)
- He has a unique combination of vision, balance and burst. (NFLDraftScout.com)
- Needs to stay healthy as he's been hampered at times with foot injuries (ankle sprains, turf toe) (CBS Sports)
- Lacks elite top-end speed, clocking a pedestrian 4.58 and 4.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his pro day. (CBS Sports)
- Doesn't always make the best decisions as a runner, will miss openings. (NFL.com)
Eddie Lacy seems pretty comfortable handling the media, as he's already been somewhat worked over by the local beat guys.
Like the Datone Jones video from yesterday, this breaks down both the strengths and weaknesses in Lacy's game.
This one, meanwhile, is pure highlights.