The hype around Eddie Lacy entering the NFL scouting combine sat somewhere closer to fellow Alabama running back Mark Ingram (2011) than it did to last year’s No. 3 selection in Trent Richardson. Back in February and early March, Lacy was showing up as a late-first selection in many mock drafts but injuries, poor performances and failing to deliver on a pro workout have since generally dropped his projection into day two.
Lacy spoke out recently on the hamstring strain that limited him at the NFL combine and really hurt his 2013 NFL Draft stock.
“By the time it was anywhere close to 100%, I only had two weeks to train,” Lacy said, via The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. “Everybody knows that two weeks is not enough time, pretty much to do anything. I went out there, I did the best I could do and I got through everything, but there was really nothing I could do about it.”
Running backs already have so much going against them in today’s NFL, where the draft-day value of the running back position continues to drop. Only one running back has been drafted higher than 30th overall in each of the past three drafts, and it seems like it’s up to Lacy to make sure that number doesn’t drop to zero.
If a team values Lacy like Lacy does, then the streak will at least continue.
“I don’t want to say it’s rare, but those only come around every once in a while,” Lacy told the Journal Sentinel. “You have guys who are fast and can get around the outside but they can’t really get the tough yards. Then you have the bigger backs who can get those tough yards, but they’re not agile enough to make a defender miss. I’m pretty much as complete as it gets.”