Eddie Lacy   RB   Alabama

TALENT BOARD ROUND  1

 

STRENGTHS

Eddie is a powerful running back with excellent speed, quickness, size and strength.  He has the speed and foot quickness to take it to the house at any point on the field along with the power to get you the tough yardage on third or fourth downs.  He does a good job catching the ball out in space and is a beast to take down in the open field. Eddie has an excellent burst, the lateral agility to make you miss at the line of scrimmage and the burst to get through the hole for big yardage.  He always seems to have another gear in his back pocket.  Every time you think you have seen how fast he can run and how powerful he is, he surprises you on the very next carry with just a little more speed and power or a spin move that, typically, only the smaller backs have the agility to execute.  Eddie is a north-south runner behind the line of scrimmage and a between-the-tackles nightmare for linebackers and defensive backs to tackle.  When he runs a sweep, he attacks the line of scrimmage and makes yardage on every step, not trying to out run players to the sidelines, then make his cut.  He reminds me a lot of RB  Brandon Jacobs, former NY Giant, but is much further along in his running back skills than Brandon was when he came out.  

 

CONCERNS

Eddie is not going to catch the ball down the field for you consistently.  As an outlet receiver, he is fine, but I don't think he has the hands to go into the slot and catch many balls down the field.  He is not a very good blocker in the backfield on passing downs, he has decent lateral agility, but not what you need for blocking a blitzing linebacker across the formation.  Eddie also runs upright, which will be a problem at the next level in short yardage situations. 

 

BOTTOM LINE

When this kid gets his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage, he has the ability to go through tackles and make big runs just like Marshawn Lynch.  When he runs off tackle, as long as he is attacking the line of scrimmage he will punish anybody that gets in his way.  Make him go east-west and he will be easier to deal with on most plays.  Anyway you look at it, you had better make sure the strap of your helmet is on tight and you wrap him up real good if you expect to tackle this kid and take him down.  When he gets up to speed in the open field, all I can tell you is that you haven't got a prayer if you tackle him high.  He will break that tackle and go for more yardage quicker than you can grab your kid out of the pool when the color of the blue water around his best friend changes to that real deep shade of blue. If you know what I mean.  Eddie runs too upright at this point of his career because he is accustomed to running through holes as wide as a mobile home.  On film, I don't see him getting tackled at the line of scrimmage very much at the college level.  That won't happen at the next level and he will have to learn to lower his pads to get the tough yardage if he wants to reach his full potential and impact for the team that drafts him.  That's the biggest issue for a lot of running backs coming into the draft, but especially for the Alabama running backs.  The pad levels are so high because the holes are so big and they can get up to top speed the minute you hand off the ball to them.  They don't have to look for a hole -- it's right there in front of them, just waiting for the running back to get the ball and run through it at top speed.  It takes running backs coming out of college, time to learn they might have to wait and find the hole in the NFL before they run through it.  Even if they find the hole, the pad level needs to be low or they will get knocked off their feet going through it.  Eddie will learn and, when he does, he should impact and be able to carry a teams running game by himself, that's if he learns to block better.

 

Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart

Feb/2013