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Eddie Lacy Slips to Green Bay Packers at Pick No. 61

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07:  Eddie Lacy #42 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2013

Eddie Lacy was expected by many to be the top running back taken in the 2013 NFL draft, but he slid all the way to the Green Bay Packers with the No. 61 overall pick.

Pro Football Talk announced the pick on Twitter:

The running back had a breakout year last season, rushing for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns for the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. He performed well as a replacement for first-round pick Trent Richardson.

After the end of the season, most analysts expected Lacy to also be taken in the first round.

Tyler Dunne from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel passes along this quote from Eddie Lacy:

Unfortunately, a hamstring injury did not allow him to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine or at Alabama's pro day. He then disappointed at his own pro day, when he looked slow and out of shape, according to Kareem Copeland of NFL.com.

This apparently hurt his stock, as he waited almost two full rounds before hearing his name called.

He became the fourth running back taken on Friday after none were drafted in Round 1. Giovani Bernard, Le'Veon Bell and Montee Ball were all selected ahead of him. 

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com loved the value that Green Bay got with the pick:

Additionally, Packers' offensive lineman T.J. Lang was very welcoming on Twitter:

While Lacy likely hoped to be selected earlier in the draft, he joins a contending team that had no running backs with over 500 rushing yards last season.

He has an opportunity to be the starting running back for Green Bay in the near future. 

 

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