Wickett's World - Eddie Lacy 1st reaction
Eddie Lacy - 1st reaction
With the 61st pick in the 2013 NFL draft...the 13 time world champion Green Bay Packers select...Eddie Lacy RB Alabama
Well, there you go, Packers fans. GM Ted Thompson FINALLY spends a high pick on an running back. And they got a guy who many think is the best RB in the draft...or the or the 6th best. I'm SHOCKED. Honestly. Some wanted this guy at 26!
Now...what does he bring?
Good size for a running back - 5-10, 220 pounds
Not a burner. runs a 4.5-4.6 40
Had a GREAT OL at Alabama. 2 1st round picks this year
He was productive for the BCS champs last year, IN THE SEC: 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns
Ted traded out of pick 55, down to 61 (picked up a 7th rounder) to get a running back. If Lacy is the guy Packers fans HOPE he is, he should use his draft free fall to motivate him. He'll also get EVERY chance to get the ball from the 1st day.
Obviously this was a position of need for the Packers and I'm impressed Thompson pulled the trigger. Lacy can't try to run over everyone like he did in college. A physical runner in the NCAA? Yes. Can he be that guy at his size in the NFL? Doubt it. He's not a "shifty" guy. Scouts say he's not the best pass protector. That could hurt. Gonna have to improve there if he wants to stay on the field on 3rd downs, but then again, that's what Alex Green & DuJuan Harris are for.
Gonna be a very interesting selection to look back on in 3 years. 1st reaction? I like it.
You can follow Eddie Lacy on Twitter at @Lil_Eazy_Ana_42
On to the 3rd round...