Eddie Lacy's Workout Won't Have Big Impact on Draft Stock
Eddie Lacy will work out for whoever is interested in scouting him, but don't expect that workout to alter his status as the draft's top running back, who likely won't be drafted until the early second round.
A pesky hamstring has prevented Lacy from working out for scouts thus far, but the Alabama product has reportedly set a date to strut his stuff.
ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted the news:
Alabama RB Eddie Lacy, who missed combine and ALA Pro Day due to hamstring issue, will work out for teams April 11th.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2013
This was certainly important for Lacy. He needed to do something to show that he was healthy and getting geared up to play in the NFL, and the fact that he is going to work out is the most valuable—in terms of his draft stock—aspect of this announcement.
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Teams will want to know he isn't trying to hide something.
Now, barring something drastic happening at the workout, the actual workout will have little impact on his draft stock.
Obviously there are some things that could transpire at the workout that would greatly alter his stock. For example, if he completely underwhelms or surprises in the 40-yard dash, teams might take notice of that performance.
However, assuming his workout doesn't fall somewhere in the "I can't believe that just happened" range, Lacy's draft stock is going to remain unaltered.
Based on his game tape, scouts should have a good feel for this back without seeing him work out.
He is a powerful runner with solid quickness but not elite speed. He is at his best when running downhill, between the tackles. He has the skills to be an every-down back; however, there are big question marks in the passing game.
Lacy is not a nuanced pass-protector or pass-catcher. There is little he can do at a workout to ease these concerns.
The National Championship Game's Offensive MVP is likely going to be the first back off the board in the 2013 draft. He may sneak him into the tail end of the first round, but chances are he will have to wait until Round 2 to hear his name called.
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