Eddie Lacy Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On April – 6 – 2013
"Eddie Lacy"

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Eddie Lacy – Alabama

Height: 5110

Weight: 231

Age when drafted: 22

Hometown: Geismar, LA

Position: RB

Collegiate Number: 42

Combine notables: DNP

Games Viewed: 2012 – LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, Missouri, Michigan, Arkansas, Auburn, Notre Dame 2011 – Arkansas, LSU

BACKGROUND:

Eddie Lacy graduated from Dutchtown High School in Geismar, LA where he was a standout running back garnering a four star ranking from Rivals.com. Lacy was rated as the 13th best back and 116th overall prospect in the 2009 recruiting class by Rivals.

Lacy redshirted in 2009 and emerged as the third string back behind Heisman winner Mark Ingram and 2012 No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson. Despite being third on the depth chart, Lacy gained 406 yards on 56 carries and 6 TD’s during his redshirt freshman season.

Lacy would move up one spot with Ingram heading to the NFL but was still stuck behind Trent Richardson in 2011. Even so, he managed to carry the ball 95 times for 674 yards and 7 TD’s.

2012 would be Lacy’s year to carry the load but the talented Alabama squad had true freshman T.J. Yeldon to spell him. Lacy toted the ball 204 times for 1,322 yards and 17 TD’s. 

SIZE/ ATHLETCISM/STRENGTH:

At 5-foot-11, 231 pounds, Lacy is as expected built for power. Lacy did show surprising burst this season. While we don’t have an official 40 time for Lacy, he played at a high 4.5, low 4.6 on tape. Thick lower half makes him an ideal fit in a power scheme. He’s tough to bring down with legs always churning and sheer size in the lower half.

As an athlete, he’s better than expected from someone his size. He isn’t going to run away from defenders but he has excellent feet and lateral agility. My initial concern with Lacy was he wasn’t enough of a gamebreaker to be more than a situational back in the league. But his nimbleness for a big man leads me to believe that he may be able to create enough on his own to survive on an every down basis.

VISION/ELUSIVENESS:

I came away less than impressed with Lacy from a vision standpoint. He seemed to miss a lot of lanes due to narrow vision. With negligible speed, it becomes more important to see the hole quickly and get in as quick as possible. Lacy’s vision scares me a little and I think it could be one of the reasons he’s not taken as early as expected and may not be the first back off the board.

Lacy has enough wiggle in his game to make people miss. His lateral agility was better than expected but lack of speed and burst will be an issue eluding NFL defenders in the backfield.

BETWEEN THE TACKLES:

It goes without saying that at an almost 6-foot-0, 230 pound back is going to excel between the tackles. He’s a powerful runner that is always falling forward. Has the power to break tackles and is a handful to bring down 1 on 1.

Didn’t love his patience in letting things develop on the interior. I saw a handful of times where he was impatient and ran up the back of his blockers. Will have to learn to be a more patient back at the next level as his offensive line at Alabama was as good as they come in college.

All that said, Lacy can make a living in short yardage situations as you rarely see him take a loss. Because of his size, the tendency is to believe he’s best suited in a man-power scheme but I think he’s versatile enough to be a successful zone runner.

OUTSIDE TACKLES:

As I said, there was surprising lateral quickness that allowed him to be successful bouncing it to the outside. He lacks the overall speed and burst to make a living on the edge but he isn’t a guy that can’t get the edge. Lacy isn’t always looking to pound things inside as he had a tendency to see holes closing and was decisive in bouncing it.

PASSING GAME:

Not a great pass catcher and may have to come off the field on 3rd down in passing situations. Dropped some balls and route running is a work in progress.

In pass protection he’s solid but will have to reduce the number of times he looks for the knockout shot on a blitzer as he has a tendency to lunge. Could see definite growth in pass protection from 2011 to 2012 and even as the 2012 season progressed.

RED FLAGS:

Nothing off the field but injury history includes a hamstring, turf toe, and ankle issues.

OVERALL:

Eddie Lacy is widely regarded as the top back in this draft class and it’s easy to see why. There’s a lot to like with his combination of size, wiggle, and power. For me, I like Johnathan Franklin a little more because of his ability to hit the homerun.

Lacy has very little wear on his tires as he shared carries with Trent Richardson and T.J. Yeldon in his career. The question teams will look to answer is how much of his success was based on the fact that he ran behind Chance Warmack, Barrett Jones, D.J. Fluker, Cyrus Koundijo, and Anthony Steen. There’s three first round lineman and two second day prospects in that group. Will Lacy be able to create on his own enough to be a bell-cow back in the NFL?

In today’s era where backs are found in every round, teams may be willing to hedge their bets on a back later in the draft. For that reason, I can’t see Lacy coming off the board earlier than the mid-2nd round. Cincinnati at 37 and a floor of an early 3rd rounder. I, personally, believe he’s a mid-2nd round value but given the amount of backs in the draft and success of lower ranked backs, it wouldn’t surprise me if he lasts until the 3rd.

VIDEO LINKS:  LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, Missouri, Michigan, Arkansas, Auburn, Notre Dame, Western Carolina

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