TB Buccaneers fan but Bama fan 1st and let me start off by saying Im jealous haha getting the most versatile DL in the draft for a 3-4 in Datone Jones, then STILL getting Lacy in the 2nd and then adding who I had as the drafts best 1 cut versatile back (a guy I think Tampa wanted until GB traded up to get in front of us haha)
The reason he fell was because he was injured (pulled hammy very minor) and couldn't attend Combine because of it and then team scouts kept nagging him about doing a workout so he did albeit at only 80% he admitted later
Lacy is a lot different back than Bama has had, he is taller and bigger with explosiveness and agility. His 235 LB frame (less weight than he played at in college, played closer to 255) will allow him to be more of the workhorse back he needs to be in the NFL, as Trent's backup a year ago and the yr before he played closer to that 230 range and was less injury prone. His nagging injury last year (pretty serious turf toe) started out minor and got worse and worse as he played throught it, and had to get surgery after the year was over. It was very clear this year he was at his healthiest (a bit overweight as I indicated).
The other thing that should get you guys absolutely stoked is Bama's offense this yr had a lot more spread feel (with Ingram and Trent Bama ran a lot more I and both were I form style backs) with more shotgun formations and Lacy excelled running out of that offensive style, very similar to the Packers. Lacy also has above average hands in the pass game and has the field vision to get into the open part of an underneath zone and sit, so Aaron Rodgers will love having him not only for that trait but also his excellent pass pro blocking.
NFL Comparison to me would be Stephen Jackson, he's a little more of a juke and spin (spin button haha) guy and more agile and elusive than he should be for his size. It will actually surprise most of you as it did me how elusive he can be in the open field despite his massive frame. He will still pull a pack of defenders or run over a defender, but he would rather spin and get upfield or make a cut to the outside. He has a very upright running style and a skinny foot base allowing him to spin it easily on a dime you'll see a lot of it since it is his go to move, but he still maintains a low center of gravity and churns those legs forward at all times. He's not a stop and step junker like Trent was, he's a downhill guy and builds up steam very quickly. Explosiveness and acceleration through a hole is also impressive for his size.
For the argument of him being a guy created by an all-Pro OL, I'll give you the fact that Bama's OL was outstanding, but at the same time I saw enough of him in the open or on long TD plays where he made a breakaway move all by himself to think that he won't be as successful in the NFL. For Instance Mark Ingram had great vision and a lot more of a run blocking OL that just decimated people, I had serious doubts about him in the NFL and that has been the case, but with Lacy there was a lot more NFL traits in his game I feel. You guys will be very happy with him and I'm excited to see him running crazy for Green Bay.
I will answer any questions you guys have? So ask away