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We’ve reached the point in the summer scouting calendar when the college football award watch lists are announced. One of the most prestigious awards in the sport is the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s top college football player as decided…
EDDIE LACY, RB, ALABAMA
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 220 EST. 40 TIME: 4.53
Filed BY: Mike Ross, Scout, FirstRoundGrade.com
· Best size/speed combo of any back in the draft.
· A tough, physical, downhill runner that finishes runs hard and always falls forward.
· Consistently breaks tackles and fights for extra yardage.
· Has the leg drive to move a pile.
· Shows good patience and jump cut ability to get into the hole quickly.
· Shows quick feet and elusiveness for a bigger back.
· Leaves defenders hugging air with a terrific spin move.
· Can shake defenders one-on-one.
· Has the ability to run it between the tackles and speed to bounce to the outside.
· Adequate hands can pick up yards after the catch.
· Should have fresh legs, as he wasn’t over worked at Alabama.
· Runs upright at times, putting himself at risk.
· Ball security is an issue but he seems to be improving.
· Drops balls that should be caught, needs to look the ball in.
· Tends to get tripped up coming through the line of scrimmage more than he should.
· A willing blocker but poor technique. Likes to lead with this shoulder instead of getting square with a solid base.
· Marshawn Lynch
· Toe injury in 2011 lead to off-season turf toe surgery.
· Minor ankle injury in 2012
Coming off a monster game int he BCS championship against Notre Dame, the time was right for this junior to head to the NFL. Waiting for his turn at Alabama behind former first round picks Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, Lacy was able to prove his worth this season. Running behind one of the best offensive lines in recent history (see: Chance Warmack, D.J. Fluker, and Barrett Jones) Lacy rushed for over 1300 yards and 17 TD’s.
Lacy has the build of an NFL feature back. A nice combination of size and speed combined with a bruising running style will have him ranked at or near the top of most running back boards. Although he is listed at 220lbs, expect him to measure out at the combine around 230lbs or more.
Lacy, without question, has the talent to come off the board late in the first round. Expect Lacy to excel at goal line and short yardage carries early in his career, developing into a featured back sooner than later.