Eddie Lacy: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Alabama RB

Alessandro MiglioFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2013

Eddie Lacy: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Alabama RB

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    Heading into draft season, Eddie Lacy was arguably the top running back in the 2013 draft class.

    Other running backs have caught up in recent months, though, and Lacy's poor draft season might have cost him a first-round selection.

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. Pro day results courtesy of Walter Football. College stats courtesy of sports-reference.com

Background

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    Full Name: Eddie Lacy

    Birthday: January 1, 1991

    Hometown: Geismar, Louisiana

    School: Alabama

    Year: Junior (Redshirt)

     

    Lacy was a great running back at Dutchtown High School in his home town. However, his senior season was plagued with injuries.

Collegiate Stats

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    Playing time was tough to come by for Eddie Lacy, who has had to sit behind Heisman candidates Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson throughout his tenure at Alabama.

    When he finally got his real shot, he didn't disappoint. The most eye-popping number in all of his statistics is the 6.8 yards-per-carry average he sported throughout his career.

     

    Offense

      Rushing Receiving
    Year Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
    2010 56 406 7.3 6 2 18 9 0
    2011 95 674 7.1 7 11 131 11.9 0
    2012 204 1322 6.5 17 22 189 8.6 2
    Career 355 2402 6.8 30 35 338 9.7 2



Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 231 lbs.

    Arm Length: 31"

    Hand Size: 9 1/2"

     

    Pro Day Results 

    40-yard dash: 4.57 seconds

    Broad jump: 115.0 inches

    Vertical jump: 33.5 inches 

     

    A hamstring injury kept Eddie Lacy from performing at the combine and Alabama's pro day.

    He was underwhelming in his pro day performance a few weeks ago, though. Scouts noted he looked out of shape, and his numbers weren't spectacular.

The Best of the Bunch?

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    Eddie Lacy is the latest in a recent string of strong running backs to come out of Alabama.

    First came Mark Ingram, who was so good in the eyes of Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton that the Saints traded away a future first-round pick to get him.

    Then Trent Richardson came along, and the Browns couldn't resist moving up to No. 3 to ensure they got him in last year's draft.

    Is Eddie Lacy the best of the three? At least one evaluator thinks so, it seems.

    Wow. Bucky Brooks says he was told by one evaluator that they consider Eddie Lacy a better prospect than Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram.

    — Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) February 23, 2013

    One thing is for sure, Lacy isn't going to get taken at No. 3 this year, but time will tell if he can surpass his predecessors. 

Observations

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    Eddie Lacy has taken a bit of a tumble as draft season has wore on. What has Twitter had to say about him?

     

    Wow. Bucky Brooks says he was told by one evaluator that they consider Eddie Lacy a better prospect than Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram.

    — Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) February 23, 2013

     

    Four months away, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Eddie Lacy off the board to the #Falcons at No. 30 overall.

    — Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 21, 2013

     

    Remember Eddie Lacy missed a lot of time. Easy to forget that because he didn't miss any games. Couldn't go 100 percent for several weeks.

    — Dave Siebert (@DaveMSiebert) April 11, 2013

     

    I have to wonder how well Lacy would have run without having the best o-line in the nation blocking for him. #NFLDraft #Alabama

    — Zach Bahner (@ZachBahner_DH) April 22, 2013

     

    Full discloser, I'm not a big Eddie Lacy fan. He played behind an NFL offensive line. He wants struggling to find holes.

    — Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) April 16, 2013

     

    The devaluation of RBs will cause Eddie Lacy to drop. But I'd love to have him on my team. Kid can play. #Alabama

    — Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) April 24, 2013