Eddie Lacy’s game film doesn’t lie.
The former Alabama star was arguably the most complete back in college football in 2012, rumbling, bumbling and spin-moving Alabama all the way to the national championship, where Lacy saved his best performance on the country’s biggest stage.
Lacy totaled 204 carries for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012. Everyone wants to talk about the potential-packed TJ Yeldon, but it was Lacy quietly having the impressive workhorse season.
Lacy selected not to run at the NFL Combine or Alabama’s pro day because of a hamstring injury, leaving all eyes on his workout last week.
But his workout didn’t go as planned. He turned in 4.57 and 4.60 40s respectively, and some expected it while others were shocked. Scouts said he looked winded often, and the lack of stamina raised some concerns for several in attendance.
However, that certainly wasn’t enough for any other running back to pass him on the NFL big board. His conditioning took a hit because of the hamstring injury, but his game tape matters so much more than one workout in front of scouts.
Lacy proved time and time again he was the most NFL-ready draft-eligible running back in college football. And that’s good enough to thrust him into the first round, likely late. In fact, he’s the only projected running back to come off the board in the first round.
Any questions regarding Lacy’s work ethic, defer to Nick Saban. Saban wouldn’t reserve a scholarship for any player – no matter the talent – if he lacked a work ethic. Just pop in Lacy’s game tape – it doesn’t lie.
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