Neither Eddie Lacy nor Tyrann Mathieu heard their names called on night one of the draft. Lacy, the architect of the finest spin move this side of the Mississippi, is the top remaining player left on the board at all positions, while Mathieu was expected to fall to the second or third round. Mathieu’s stock has increased over the last two months, and both should be taken in the second round, especially Lacy.
Many thought Lacy would be selected in the latter portion of round one, but no running backs were selected last night. In fact, it’s the first time since 1963 no running back was selected in the first round. A telling draft?
However, the problem for Lacy is that there doesn’t seem to be a logical fit for him early in the second round. The Cardinals make the most sense at pick No. 6, but if Arizona goes a different direction, things could get interesting.
Mathieu, on the other hand, is still one of the biggest questions in the draft. He was reportedly a no-show at meetings with Texans and Seahawks, raising more questions.
Mathieu has spent the majority of the pre-draft process trying to separate himself from his hazy past of drug use.
Four defensive backs, two corners and two safeties, went ahead of Mathieu in the first round, and he thought of even hosting a draft party last night. When the 49ers traded up, Mathieu thought that would be his moment. But the 49ers selected his former teammate Eric Reid instead.
It’s still unclear which team will take a chance on Mathieu, raising more questions about his future because of his past.
Eddie Lacy has been drafted by the Green Bay Packers. Tyrann Mathieu has been drafted by the Arizona Cardinals.
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