Weight: 231 pounds
To most NFL draft observers, there is only one running back who will most likely be drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft: Eddie Lacy of Alabama.
Draft guru Mike Mayock of NFL Network has Lacy ranked first in his list of running back prospects for the draft.
Lacy has a strong resume on film as well, as he has put up some excellent numbers in the biggest of games.
During the 2012 season for Alabama, Lacy rushed for 1,322 yards (6.4 average) and had 17 touchdowns. Lacy also caught 22 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
What stands out most is the fact that Lacy shined in key moments of national attention. In the SEC Championship Game versus Georgia, Lacy ran for 181 yards. Then, in the BCS National Championship game against Notre Dame, he rushed for 140 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown, plus caught two passes for 17 yards and had another score, as the Crimson Tide won handily.
Overall, in his career with the Crimson Tide, Lacy rushed for 2,402 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Lacy is a tough, powerful runner inside the tackles, but is also light on his feet. The Packers have been looking for a running back with that skill set for years.
Ted Thompson has never drafted a running back in the first round since he took over as head of the Packers in 2005. The closest he ever came was in 2011, when Thompson was strongly considering Mark Ingram of Alabama with his pick. That situation became a moot point when the New Orleans Saints selected Ingram instead.
If Thompson liked Ingram, he has to love Lacy, as he is a better all-around back.
The Packers would have a formidable running attack with Lacy being teamed with DuJuan Harris, who looked pretty good down the stretch in 2012 at running back.
Also, the Packers need to become more balanced offensively. Too many times in 2012, the Packers faced two-deep safety coverage to help contain the passing firepower of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Why the two-deep safety coverage? The opponents did not respect the running game of the Packers.
That will change with Lacy.
One area Lacy needs to improve is his blocking. To remain on the field on third-down at running back for the Packers, backs must have ability to not only serve as a safety valve for the quarterback, but pick up blitzes and pass-block.
Lacy didn't work out of the NFL Scouting Combine due to hamstring issues, but will have his opportunity at the Alabama Pro Day on March 13.