Eddie Lacy was projected to go in the first round of the NFL Draft by a lot of pundits, and at least early in the second by just about everyone. When the Packers passed on Lacy on Thursday, few would have thought he'd drop all the way to the Packers again. He did, and it turns out Green Bay can have their cake and eat it too, picking up both Datone Jones and a running back that should have a big impact from the start of the season in the draft's first two days.
Unsurprisingly, Lacy is high on his own skills.
"As soon as the wheels touched the ground, I turned my phone back on and when the service came back in, they were calling me. It's just a big relief ... I'm a bigger guy, a tough runner, a physical runner. That's just natural. But I'm also shifty and I can make defenders miss and also break long runs. I just feel like I can do anything."
He was backed up by Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst, who had nothing but good things to say about the team's second round pick.
"You watch that and kind of take the different situations he's been put in and watch those. They did have a very, very good offensive line at Alabama, very good players. But he averaged six-something yards in the SEC his whole career. He's a good back, we're really excited to have him ... He's got great lateral quickness, great ability to drop his pads in the hole, very powerful guy. He has kind of an uncanny knack to get out of trouble for a guy His size. He's a little bit different than we've had maybe in the past."
The Packers also had some quotes from Lacy and general manager Ted Thompson on their Twitter account.
Thompson: On Eddie Lacy, between the lines, he's a go-getter. We feel good about the pick. #Packers— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 27, 2013
Thompson: Lacy has a great lateral cut, a spin move, good kid. #Packers— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 27, 2013
Lacy: I have a lot to go out there and prove, but I can't wait to go out there and start on that. #Packers— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 27, 2013
Lacy: I'm comfortable in the passing game, catching the ball and pass protection. #Packers— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 27, 2013
If you're wondering why someone with all of these skills and no real knocks fell this far, we'll try to address that later today. He has some medical issues, but only time will tell how legitimate teams' concerns about his health are.
Of course, keep your internet machine locked on Acme Packing Company for all the coverage of the Green Bay Packers' ten draft picks on day three. It will be a long, busy day, but we'll be there with you every step of the way.
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