Pro Football Talk announced the pick on Twitter:
With pick No. 61, the Packers select RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 27, 2013
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:
Eddie Lacy: "It was a very long wait. It was very nerve-racking for me." #packers— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) April 27, 2013
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:
If he's healthy, Eddie Lacy is a heck of a pick at this point of the draft!— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 27, 2013
Additionally, Packers' offensive lineman T.J. Lang was very welcoming on Twitter:
Welcome Eddie Lacy!!! It's going to be fun blocking for him and our other RB's!— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) April 27, 2013
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.