It took 61 picks for Eddie Lacy to hear his name called at the 2013 NFL Draft, far more than anyone would have expected before Lacy sat out the combine with a hamstring injury and then sloshed through his pro day.
But in the end, Lacy has to be happy with where he ended up: Green Bay. The Packers' running back situation has been a long-standing struggle, and Lacy will be the latest with a chance to fix that situation. He's coming off a tremendous year at Alabama, in which he rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns.
With Aaron Rodgers slinging passes to the Packers' talented group of receivers, Lacy could have plenty of space to operate. The knocks on him, however, include the health/conditioning issues mentioned above, as well as the fact he had Alabama's incredibly dominant offensive line to run behind in college.
Relatively speaking, the Packers do not push defenses around up front in that fashion nor do they frequent the power-running game Lacy thrived in as a college back.
Can Lacy maintain his production in a new style of offense? Will he be able to bounce back from a disappointing offseason? Those are questions that remain to be answered in the coming months. The Packers, though, clearly are one of the NFL's Super Bowl contenders and entered the draft just a few pieces short. The pick of Lacy addresses one of those -- and does so at a tremendous value late in Round 2.