Sports Illustrated’s Tony Pauline reported the news via Twitter:
Sources have confided RB's Giovani Bernard/UNC & Eddie Lacy/Alabama will enter the draft...DJ Fluker/T/Albama will follow suit— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) December 12, 2012
Lacy has been impressive in his junior season, making up half of Alabama’s two-headed rushing attack. He has gained 1,182 yards and scored 16 touchdowns while averaging 6.4 yards per carry this season.
He and freshman T.J. Yeldon have given the Crimson Tide a potent ground game.
At 6’1” and 220 pounds, Lacy is a powerful back who is extremely difficult to bring down. His ability to build momentum going downhill and pick up yardage in between the tackles has been a large part of Alabama’s offense this season.
He has scored three touchdowns in a game three times this year, but his best performance came in the SEC title game against Georgia. Lacy racked up 181 yards on 20 carries, scored twice and earned him MVP honors.
Lacy will follow former Alabama running backs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson into the NFL, but he likely will not generate as much buzz leading up to the draft as these players did. CBS Sports currently projects him to be taken in the second round.
After staying healthy this season, Lacy has quelled many concerns about minor injuries that slowed him down during his previous two years in Tuscaloosa.
With his combination of size, speed and agility, Lacy will have few problems getting drafted this April, and he has the talent to be the next Alabama running back to have success in the NFL.