There’s no covering up the fact that the Green Bay Packers are sorely missing a run game. There’s no better way to address this need than the 2013 NFL Draft. The Packers GM Ted Thompson has a philosophy of building through the draft, yet he has never drafted a true stud at running back. This could be the year, and Alabama RB Eddie Lacy would be the perfect fit.
Lacy is very comparable to his former Crimson Tide backfield mate, Trent Richardson. Richardson is more a complete power back, but Lacy has the ability to pick up tough yardage while making defenders miss in the open field. This would be the perfect fit for the Packers zone-blocking scheme. His ability to find and accelerate through the hole could make him the missing piece that makes this offense elite.
Aaron Rodgers needs a running back to take some pressure off of him and the rest of the offense. DuJuan Harris was a surprise last season when the Packers brought him off of the practice squad. Harris showed the ability to carry the load, but was it a fluke? The Packers have had many running backs, like James Starks and Samkon Gado, come on late in the season only to falter the next season. It would only be right to just draft Lacy, and build him into a complete running back for this team. That could be the key to going to another Super Bowl. However, there are some concerns about Lacy coming into the draft.
Lacy won’t be running at the NFL Combine because he has a mild tear in his hamstring. This is alarming for the fact that it’s a leg injury and he’s a violent runner. The Packers may pass on Lacy for this fact, but he should be given another shot. Hopefully he’ll be healthy enough for his Pro Day, but that’s up in the air at the moment. The Packers may not even get a shot to draft Lacy. He has shot up the draft board according to many scouts. The Packers wouldn’t trade up to get Lacy so it could be tough.
Draft day is still a little over a month away and anything can happen. Packer nation will have to wait until Alabama’s pro day to get a glimpse of Lacy, but the wait will be worth it. Hopefully on draft day you will hear a resounding “ROLL TIDE!” from Packer nation.
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