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The Green Bay Packers haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2009, so general manager Ted Thompson decided to get serious and address the running back position in this year’s draft by selecting two highly touted ball-carriers.
Prior to the draft, analysts viewed Alabama running back Eddie Lacy as college football’s most complete back. However, a lengthy injury report from his time with the Crimson Tide scared more than a few organizations away on draft day.
This allowed Thompson to swoop in and snatch Lacy up at No. 61 overall.
With three fourth-round selections, the Packers found the perfect complement back to Lacy with the 125th pick. UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin didn’t carry the same prestige as the team’s second-round running back, but he offered a unique skill set in his own right.
Franklin is viewed as an elusive runner who shows great open-field speed, which undoubtedly makes him the perfect situational back for Mike McCarthy’s offense. Yet one has to think he will want to prove his worth and push Lacy for the No. 1 spot atop the Packers depth chart.
If we know anything about McCarthy, it's that he will give both running backs a fair shot to win the starting job during training camp.