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Best Pick: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (Round 2, No. 61)
The Green Bay Packers needed to upgrade their backfield and find a true feature back in the 2013 NFL draft. They were able to do that, and get great value in the process, by selecting Alabama’s Eddie Lacy late in Round 2, even after a trade down.
Alabama’s Eddie Lacy is a true power back and between-the-tackles runner with great size (5’11”, 231 pounds), and he can really lower his shoulder into contact and run through defenders. Yet although Lacy does not have great speed, he can also make defenders miss outside the tackles with good open-field moves, including a very strong spin move.
Before drafting Lacy, the Packers moved down six spots from the No. 55 overall selection, picking up a sixth-round pick (No. 173 overall) from the San Francisco 49ers in the process.
Lacy’s stock likely fell down the draft board as a result of a hamstring injury and subsequently disappointing pro day, but he is a well-rounded NFL back worthy of being the first running back selected, yet was only the fourth off the board.
Also strongly under consideration as the Packers’ best pick was their fourth-round selection of another running back, UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin, who should form a tremendous 1-2 punch out of the backfield with Lacy and is an explosive, well-rounded back who was great value as a late fourth-round pick (No. 125 overall pick).
Worst Pick: Kevin Dorsey, WR, Maryland (Round 7, No. 225)
The Green Bay Packers did a very good job throughout this draft of addressing areas of need and getting strong value, making their seventh-round picks the most questionable choices of the weekend.
Kevin Dorsey, who had just 18 receptions in his senior season at Maryland, was a surprise choice to be drafted at all. Drafting him over some very high-upside receivers still on the board, including Washington State’s Marquess Wilson and Elon’s Aaron Mellette, was a questionable decision considering his lack of special traits and collegiate production.