Players with Eddie Lacy's pedigree don't drop to the bottom of the second round without serious red flags. While his play at Alabama suggests that he can play through nagging injuries and his frame suggests that he can take some punishment, Lacy fell to 61st overall because of numerous injury and durability concerns. Even if the Green Bay Packers are confident that he will be an every down back from Week 1, his selection is still a risk to some degree.
Bob McGinn's headline at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel screams 'red flags'. It's "Packers almost reluctantly select Alabama's Eddie Lacy". He quotes an anonymous personnel executive, who painted a potential picture of Lacy's draft experience and future, saying:
"I can hear people saying, 'Oh my God, they got this guy at 35. He's a beast,. But then his toe's not right and he's got this hamstring and he's over there on the bicycle the entire training camp. And the GM and the coach are, like, 'This freaking guy. We knew it. We knew it.' "
Well, that's ominous. So is this opinion from The Sideline View.
The problem with Lacy is that it feels like his value might be a little inflated based on the last game we saw him play (Notre Dame). There are some long-term durability concerns I've heard teams voice about him.
And this note from Mike Klis of the Denver Post on Sulia.
Concern about Eddie Lacy's toe may be reason why he wasn't picked in first round. Lacy missed the scouting combine and first Alabama Pro Day because of hamstring. But it was turf-toe he suffered as junior that raised some medical red flags. Still, Lacy is expected to go in the second round today. He is a 231-pound beast.
Lacy also had an elbow injury and a hand injury last season in addition to all of the injuries listed above, but he either doesn't get why teams are concerned or is pretending not to notice.
"I couldn't tell you why I slid so far," Lacy said, "but at the end of the day, it is what it is and you can't do anything about it. I'm just looking forward to being part of a new team and contributing."
Some of the notes that the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Wes Hodkiewicz got from Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst, specifically the ones about Lacy's durability and the Packers' lack of concern about it, didn't quite make it into the above-linked JS article.
*Surprised he fell to Packer a little bit.
*He's a big back. He really hasn't missed any time. I don't think it'll be a concern.
*He worked out late in the process. That happens with a lot of players. We go through those things. It wasn't a concern just part of the process.
*We certainly feel he can be an every-down back. I don't think in the NFL you don't have that really more.
Only time will tell whether or not Lacy is durable enough to be an every-down back in the NFL for the better part of a decade. As of now, I think we have to conclude that the jury's out.
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