Eddie Lacy Scouting Report

January 24th, 2013

QB / RB / FB / WR / TE / OT / OG / OC / DT / DE / OLB / ILB / CB / SAF
Prospect: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Height: 5’11.5″
Weight: 223
Grade: 7.6 (Grading Scale)


Athleticism:
+Was essentially a one-speed back as an underclassman, really developed burst through the hole in his final season
+Has just enough open field speed to finish long runs with a head of steam
+Incredible balance with thick build in lower half, low center of gravity
+Raw strength is the hallmark of his game, elusiveness comes from ability to run through arm tackles

Intelligence/Effort:
+Never quits on a carry no matter how many tacklers stand him up and will not run out of bounds
-Vision behind blockers is inconsistent, misses lanes occasionally due to a narrow focus with his eyes
+Picks up defense’s moving parts with his eyes very well, anticipates blitzers and run fits
+Has an innate feel for yardage needed on goal to go and short yardage situations and will put his body on the line
+/-Rarely followed a fullback in college, may require a tricky transition in I-formation sets

Pass Protection:
+Spots free rushers very quickly and meets them decisively, high football IQ
+Blocking technique developed as career went on, learning to meet rushers with square shoulders and anchor
+Lower half strength holds up against very big rushers, doesn’t need to go low often
-Too much of a lunge blocker with no hand placement, throws a shoulder into rushers instead

Route Runner:
+Fluid hips and sets up routes well with head fakes or running off defenders
-Imprecise and borderline lazy with footwork coming out of the backfield in the passing game

Hands and Carrying:
+/-Struggled with fumbles early in his career, ball security improved since
+Very natural receiver with comfortable hands to catch the ball away from his body
+Transitions from pass catcher to runner quickly and smoothly with loose hips to turn upfield
-Has made a habit of leaving his feet and extending the ball from his body in goal-line situations; gets him more touchdowns but creates a lot of risk for turnovers and getting stuffed
-Carries ball in his right arm only, will not switch hands
-Doesn’t hold the ball as high on his chest as he should, holds it much closer to his waist frequently

Rushing:
+Bull for defensive backs to bring down if he hits the second level cleanly, will carry tacklers upwards of ten yards from time to time
+Prototypical “fall-forward” back who finishes runs better than any in this class
+Spins off of and away from contact very frequently, smooth and well balanced throughout
+Just enough side to side wiggle to make defenders miss in 1 on 1 situations
+Shows off a polished jump-cut occasionally, uses it judiciously
-Impatient runner when holes are slot to develop, will run into the back of his blockers
+Drops pads well in short yardage while still keeping good balance and giving himself every chance to convert
+/-Frequently cuts against the grain to take advantage of defenders who are overpursuing, but his narrow vision limits ability to be dynamic in cutback situations though
-Lateral speed to win around the corner merely average, more effective when attacking forward before bouncing outside with a strong cut
-Stiff arm negligible at best, hinders ability around the edge as he downshifts to deploy it

Overall:
Eddie Lacy capped off his college career by putting on a show in the national championship game against Notre Dame. He showed off all the qualities that make him such an enticing back: power, acceleration, versatility, elusiveness. Lacy comes from a pedigree of Alabama backs including first round picks Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram. He actually had a higher career yards per carry (6.8) than Richardson (5.8) and Ingram (5.7). Another statistic that could endear Lacy to teams is the lack of mileage on his metaphorical tires. As a result of being a part of a two man rotation throughout his career, Lacy has only recorded 355 collegiate carries. The average career carries of draft prospects Le’Veon Bell, Montee Ball, Giovani Bernard, Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor, Joseph Randle, and Kenjon Barner comes out to 661. Eddie Lacy is ready to come in and carry the load on the ground from day one. He’ll churn out tough yards and be as efficient as you could ask. He may not break off as many long runs in the league, but his subtle agility and elusiveness will be enough to consistently move the sticks. Lacy is a perfect fit for a power running game and has all the talent to go in the late first round or early second round.–Darren Page

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