Eddie Lacy, the sensational junior running back for the Alabama Crimson Tide, will not participate in the 2013 NFL Combine due to a strained hamstring. One highly-regarded national football beat writer said Lacy suffered the minor injury while running the 40-yard dash in a drill designed to mock the way the event is run during the NFL Combine and he’s simply sitting out as a precaution. Lacy will rely on his Alabama Pro Day to show off his speed, which has led him to a career average of seven yards per carry with the Crimson Tide.
Indeed, Lacy has played a big part in Alabama’s back-to-back national titles, including 1,322 yards on 204 carries and 17 touchdowns this past season. At 6’1″ and 220 pounds, Lacy is an extremely well-rounded back with good speed and power. To boot, he’s a solid receiver out of the backfired as well; he catch 22 passes for nearly 200 yards and a pair of scores as a junior at Alabama this year.
Most mock drafts across the nation have Lacy going in the mid-to-late first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, likely to a playoff team in need of a running back to get it over the hump (Green Bay Packers) or a team losing its starting ball carrier (St. Louis Rams). Regardless, he’ll likely make an immediate impact just like his successor, Trent Richardson, who was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
This minor hamstring injury shouldn’t be a major factor for Lacy, who will likely to ready to go by the end of next week and certainly by the time the draft rolls around.