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Steelers 2013 Draft Prospect Profiles: RB Eddie Lacy – Alabama


We continue on with our look at potential early round draft prospects for the Pittsburgh Steelers. We are currently looking at the top rated running backs in the draft and will now discuss Eddie Lacy out of Alabama.

Below is my quick profile on Lacy along with his college stats and a few videos on him. In the comments below please add the strengths and weaknesses that you feel that he has and why you think that he is or isn\'t a prospect for the Steelers.

Lacy is a power back that is amazingly light on his feet for a player with his size and build (5102/220). At Alabama he ran mostly out of a one back, one or two tight end set and was effective in both the inside and outside zone schemes.

Lacy likes to use a spin move after initial contact at times, which usually happens three or four yards past the line of scrimmage. He has a nice jump cut, but will tend to leave his feet too long at times when making it. His footwork needs improvement as he lacks coordination at times and he possesses tight hips at other times.

Lacy is not a burner, but he does have deceptive speed as he has run away from defensive players once in the secondary even when they have good angles on him. He loves running north and south, is very aggressive and runs well behind his pads. When he doesn\'t stay square is when he is least effective and that is a trait shared by several running backs. He is effective at breaking arm and shoulder tackles and has the ability to get skinny in running lanes. He also has a nose for the end zone. There are times, however, that Lacy makes poor decisions and I would grade his vision as slightly above average.

As far as blocking goes, Lacy will need a ton of work in that department as he likes to lead with his shoulder and lunge at times. Pass blocking certainly is not something that he seemed interested in doing, and even his chips looked to lack effort at times. He also needs to develop more as a receiver and route runner as he was primarily used as safety valve for short dump-offs.

There don\'t appear to be any character red flags associated with Lacy, but his work ethic apparently has been questioned in the past by a few scouts. He must also keep his weight in check as he can\'t afford to add any more.

It should be noted that Lacy ran behind a very solid offensive line that provided nice running lanes for him while at Alabama. That being said, he has all of the makings of a two down starting running back in the NFL initially.

Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Year Class Pos Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2010 FR RB 56 406 7.3 6 2 18 9.0 0 58 424 7.3 6
2011 SO RB 95 674 7.1 7 11 131 11.9 0 106 805 7.6 7
2012 JR RB 204 1322 6.5 17 22 189 8.6 2 226 1511 6.7 19
Career 355 2402 6.8 30 35 338 9.7 2 390 2740 7.0 32
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 2/11/2013.

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  • Maurice_hill_district

    Get their o line & their RB coach too while we’re at it. We have other needs in first rd but Womack at mauler rt guard & moving DeCastro to pulling left guard wuld be nice.

    Every year, bama has a RB & o linemen in first rd of draft, their defensiv players too, so its like Univ of Ala the past few years been minor league of NFL.

    To help speculate whether Lacy is a second rounder vs higher, How close or far down in talent is he to his predasessor(sp?) Trent Richardson, since both of them had dominating o lines.

  • SteelersDepot

    El Oso Marrón, that is brilliant analysis. So glad you could add to the discussion.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    2 things:

    #1 Lacy is similar to what we already have in Redman, Dwyer and Clay…why add another one to the mix(although we still have to sign both Redman and Dwyer)
    #2 Alabama’s OL is better then their HB’s and this has shown by the production of Ala’s back the last few years in the NFL…nothing to really brag about.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    love him, big physical runner usually falls forward and is good on his feet. Defiantly wouldn’t mind seeing him a Steeler

  • Jason White

    I like him and his style. I believe he could contribute if they drafted him. We have two backs on the roster who can do what he does as far as his style. But if you are gonna draft a feature running back early he needs to be a do it all every down back. I want a guy who pass blocks as well as catches balls out of the backfield. He is a big strong guy and I am sure he could improve in the blocking department but I really feel we need a guy who adds more of a speed element to that zone blocking scheme. Id like to see more of a Jamaal Charles type of running back. Ben is great off of play action so having a speedy running back with good vision could really sell the zone stretch and allow Ben to roll out and make plays downfield which we all know is an element that needs to come back to the Steelers offense. Between adding a good and preferably speedy running back who can threaten the edge as well as a tall hands catching reciever and preferably a vertical threat tight end the offense can gain some explosiveness that it lacked last season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.duncan.77 Steve Duncan

    Love him. If we can get him in the 2nd or 3rd I think we have to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.duncan.77 Steve Duncan

    Richardson had 950 and 11TDs on a bad team with very little offense. Lacy is a lot like Richardson.

  • RMSteeler

    Has too many things to correct for a first round pick. Need a plug and play impact player in first, or would rather trade down for more value in 2nd and 3rd. Think there will be better picks in first round. Lightning may strike twice for the Steelers if QB starved teams lose their minds. If Womack drops, can’t see passing on him. But, there may be an even better gift to choose from. Don’t see any first round RB’s in this draft, but could see a team near the bottom grab one.

  • SteelerDave

    I definitely have my concerns with Lacy. Is he a product of an elite college run game or truly talented enough to make it big in the NFL? I like him and think he could be a good fit for someone but just not for us. They only way I would draft Lacy is if we somehow land Warmack in the 1st round and Lacy is there for us in round two. However, I think that is highly unlikely to play out that way and that we do take a safety or WR in round one this year.

  • Jollyrob68

    It seems that Giovanni may be theback we’re looking for. we can get a good one in the second or third rd

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.duncan.77 Steve Duncan

    It’s hard to say what QB starved teams will do. Personally, I am not sure there is a QB worth a first in this draft, but that will never happen.

  • Cody Younkin

    He was behind a oline with which 3 of the 5 of them are going in the first 2 rounds of the draft. Plus he fot extra attention because he played well in the championship game. There are plenty of runningbacks that you can get in the later rounds. I dont thinks theres any offensive player for us thats worthy of the first round.

  • HarryBackside

    I had the same thoughts about Warmack and Lacy. If that happens, it looks like it’s time to start running that Alabama inside-zone!

  • HarryBackside

    Lacy is faster than every player you just mentioned. He’s going to run a 4.4 at the combine, weighing in the mid 230′s.

  • HarryBackside

    Why would you want to put Warmack at RG and DeCastro at LG, when Warmack has been playing LG his entire career, and DeCastro has been playing RG his entire career?

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Lol at Lacy running a 4.40, Don’t you mean a 4.55

  • Maurice_hill_district

    LG pulls more often. If u watched DD in college there’ve been noone better at pulling in college. Equal yes, better no. RG position is more often the mauler position. We havent been getting push often enough to make room, Womack can maul.

  • zyzak

    He looks like 2nd rd material.

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Why Lacy is Overrated IMO
    -He’s rarely hit in the backfield. Which create momentum. When a RB 225lb+ get momentum(lets say 5 to 8 yards), the RB becomes exceedingly difficult to stop, particularly 1 on 1(see Notre Dame and UGA scouting tape). Unfortunately, In the NFL, Lacy will not have the luxury to runs full speed out the backfield untouched(giving him the momentum to), shred arm tackles and knock MLB’s and Safeties on a consistent basis.

    -Alabama’s great O-line made him better than he actually is.

    -He’s runs very stiff and upright as a 5’10 RB. Keep the ball on his right arm, all the time.

    -Lack of game-breaking ability. Looks like a 4.53 to 4.62 guy.

    -Vision behind blockers is inconsistent.

  • Clint Martin

    HA HA HA

  • HarryBackside

    If a team is running power to the right, then yes, but that doesn’t need to be the case. One of the things skills that made DeCastro so desirable is his ability to pull to the left, which allows the team to run to mix it up and run left.

    Besides, it’s not like Warmack can’t pull. He’s at his best when running inside-zone from the LG position.

  • HarryBackside

    Lacy has been running 4.4′s his entire career. Don’t see what is different now

  • zyzak

    No to Womack too fat

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I said he was similar not the same…comprehension is critical here. We will see what he runs at the combine…think he is a good back not sold he will be great…if the Steelers pick him I would not be upset….just think there are better choices.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    bg….not sure where your comment is going? Are you defending why Richardson didnt play well or that this is what Richardson did and Lacy is better than that?

  • DaveBry

    so you used your own website to write that racist remark about African Americans & Latinos

  • steeltown

    Dont need another power back, we need a guy that’s 200-210lbs, quick, shifty and decisive… If we were to take a RB in Rds 1-2 I would HOPE the guy is already a polished blocker and has more ability to catch out of the backfield

  • steeltown

    Agreed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.duncan.77 Steve Duncan

    Mostly pointing out that Richardson had an OK year (as opposed to Ingram being more or less a bust) given the circumstances. I don’t think it’s fair to say that he is a risk because he is from Bama and they have mixed results in the pros. You can say that about any school.

  • Clint Martin

    Yes he used his own website LMAO he said the guys username genius

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Would you mean someone like Andre Ellington or Joseph Randle in the draft then?

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Proof?

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    I Co-sign this.

  • Jason White

    Yeah. I am pretty high on Andre Ellington. He is fun to watch.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Dorner approved!

  • Michael Mazanowski

    I’ll take Dennis Johnson anyday in the 5th or 6th round! Arkansas RB!

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Im sorry that was ignorant! But so are most of my posts!

  • LucasY59

    I think any RB in the 1st rd is overated in the current NFL, 2nd rd is a reach for some of the prospects this year. 3-5th looks to be the best value/most realistic spot to pick a RB this year. I do think the Steelers need to draft/improve the talent they have at RB but I hope they get a TE, WR, S and maybe even OLB before they pick a RB

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Yeah me too he is fast quick and can catch and looks to be a J Charles clone with a couple runs that reminded me of W.Parker and is from a Zone scheme that will help out. Randle is another good zone type runner that is also a good receiver out of the back field reminds me of Fred Jackson.

  • Clint Martin

    LMAO

  • Clint Martin

    He is in shape and won’t pull himself out of the game and he is in great muscular shape. This kid is far beyond the running skills we have right now.

  • Clint Martin

    Could it be any worse than Mendy in the 1st.

  • steeltown

    I agree. Im against drafting RB’s in the 1st Rd (unless its Adrian Peterson, ha!) so much so that I will be upset if they go RB in the 1st Rd this year.. there is always talent in Rds 2-4

  • mokhkw

    All things look good with this guy as a 2nd Rd Pick if he was available, but I’m always wary of RBs who were part of a dominant NCAA offense & team before they get Drafted into the NFL (Reggie Bush & Lendale White USC).

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Watch Dennis Johnson on youtube!!! He’s a beast!

  • http://twitter.com/marshall3b marshall Biles

    Ok let me see here, hmm i like lacy he is a strong runner, fast and agile. I wouldnt mind taken him in the draft. But he is top heavy, he dances way to much, his ball handling is suspect. When he is running the ball is not really secures due to the fact of all the dancing he does his arms flail all over the place. We dont need a speed back we need a bettis style back to pound out yards and close games. We have a plaer on pittsburgh like that already, idk when they will get the light bulb in maki g will johnson into the feature back. But i digress, lacy has good size but he needs to control the ball more if he wants to have a good carrer. He is way o excited in his running like he is on crack or something. To many jerks, jumps and spinning. Instead of just downhill runner who makes a straightline to the endzone instead of having a epileptic episode. But that is not a bad thing and he is raw. If we pick him up than he will learn how o do so. So in favor of lacy iam yes.

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