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Needed a featured back to improve upon last year's 20th-ranked rushing attack, the Packers drafted Alabama's Eddy Lacy in order to help take some of the pressure off Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers also pulled a fast one by also drafting Jonathan Franklin in the fourth round. Both rookie running backs are expecting a "spirited competition" come training camp.
A late second-round pick out of Alabama, Lacy is a plodding running back coming in at 230 pounds who has the ability to be the workhorse back the Packers haven't had since Ahman Green.
Lacy also has good hands and could be a weapon coming out of the backfield, a must in this passing offense. His ability to grind it out between the tackles late in the game could be an asset the Packers have not had for several seasons.
Franklin, at 205 pounds, is the shiftier of the two. With his receiving and open-field running talents, he could become a great complementary, change-of-pace running back. Franklin is viewed as more of a home-run threat than Lacy.
Alex Green, DuJuan Harris and James Starks comprised what was a revolving door at the running back position for Green Bay in 2012. Green was last season's leading rusher at 464 yards, but his average per carry (3.4 yds per carry) left plenty to be desired. Harris, despite his 5'9" stature, became the most viable option near near the end of the regular season. Starks has struggled with injuries his first three seasons and has been a non-factor in the Packs' running game.