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Steelers Brought Alabama RB Eddie Lacy In For A Pre Draft Visit On Saturday


According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Alabama running back Eddie Lacy visited the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.

Lacy had a lackluster pro day just last week and several reported that he looked both unprepared and out of shape for it. He reportedly ran 4.57 and 4.60 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He measured in at 5110, 231 pounds and posted a 33.5 inch vertical jump to go along with a 7.33 three cone drill time.

In 37 games at Alabama, Lacy rushed for 2,402 yards and 30 touchdowns on 355 carries for a 6.77 yards per carry average. He also chipped in another 338 yards on 35 receptions.

Lacy is a big back that runs well between the tackles and is also accustomed to the inside-outside zone scheme. He runs well behind his pads and maintains good balance despite not having the most coordinated of footwork. Lacy is also not known for his pass protection skills, as most of the time he will only offer up a turned in shoulder.

Lacy is a north-south runner that best fits a power offensive scheme like he ran during his time at Alabama. He could very well fall out of the first round of the draft thanks to concerns that scouts have now about his work ethic.

Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Year Class Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2010* FR 56 406 7.3 6 2 18 9.0 0 58 424 7.3 6
2011* SO 95 674 7.1 7 11 131 11.9 0 106 805 7.6 7
2012* JR 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 4/16/2013.

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  • $19122620

    To be honest I am not as high on Lacy as some. In fact there are a few backs in this draft I’d rather see them draft (Franklin, Bernard, to name a couple). I hope they draft one of those other backs. Franklin however, is my most coveted pick at the RB spot.

  • grw1960

    RB Christine Michael is my favorite as long as the Steelers do not deem him a head case.

  • Bob Francis

    Evaluators have been all over the place on Lacy, so I’m not sure what to think. Bottom line, the Steelers need an every down back, and ideally a playmaker. Redman and Dwyer have some potential, but they are not elite backs with homerun capability. I know Mendy wore out his welcome, but he seems to have more tools than most of the backs in the draft. If some other players of interest are gone at 17, I can’t say I’d be upset if they took Lacy in Round 1.

  • westernsteel

    I can’t believe I am saying this, but I agree. If some certain players are taken before 17, it wouldn’t be all that bad to have him as a power runner for the Steelers offensive.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I don’t know if I want this kid. I love the kid as a running back but one of his biggest asset is knocking opponent down with his head and with the rule changing… they are taking away his game. I’m down for 2nd round but I love Levon Bell better who use his stiffing arms much more, more appliable to today’s game. Now I wouldn’t know how much of change the rule will impact this game we love. So we will see.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    lol gotta love our fans I read all the post and all the comments to get everyones feedback an there’s not much we ever seem to agree on i would rather have Bernard /barber or franklin would love lattimore if he can get 100% but thats just me I feel we have more pressing needs and if we go after lacy it would have to be first rd

  • steeltown

    Agreed.. Gio Bernard or Franklin.. hell even Taylor, Michael or Lattimore would have good value in the 3rd-5th Rds

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    You are correct but it would be pretty boring if we all agreed on every single thing right? I keep an open mind and enjoy getting as much input as possible whether my fellow fans agree or not. It’s a good thing.

  • JohnnyV1

    I like him, not in Rd 1, but maybe Rd 2. He doesn’t have a ton of miles on him. But you have to wonder if he’s going to be like Jonathan Dwyer, who it took three years for him to learn what in-shape meant. I’d rather have someone w/ less physical skill, but a huge heart and solid instincts.

  • Donny Simmons

    Go back and look at Dwyers numbers heading in to the 2010 draft. Faster than Lacy and he did not have 1 lineman drafted from Georgia Tech. Lacy ran behind 5 players that will all be drafted in the first 2 days. We need to give this kid a chance, I don’t mind a change of pace back like Franklin but not Lacy.

  • Fivesevenzero Sports-Radio

    To many people look for 40 times and ridiculous reasons not to draft someone.. it would depend on who is available at 17 for me to judge this pick. I do know eddie lacy made Teo look like a child in the national championship… Lacy runs hard!! I would love to see him in a steelers Uni!!

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    I total agree Donny and Dwyer has over 4 yards a carry average in his short career with the Steelers. The O-line had a lot of injury issues and he is still only 23. I think his head is finally on straight and he is primed for a nice year.

  • Fivesevenzero Sports-Radio

    Dwyer played in the ACC as Gtech Fullback in the triple option.. Lacy is overall better then dwyer. Runs hard, and can catch the ball..Can’t compair OL being drafted when u play Maryland,wake and duke every year(esp running triple option)…

  • $19122620

    In regard to Lacy and his O-line:

    Yeah, I think Lacy is a solid back but his numbers were no doubt padded by his linemen and even his linemen like TE in Michael Williams (one of the best blocking TEs in the whole draft). You put some of the other RB prospects like Franklin, Bernard and Michael in that offense and their stats would have been even that much better then what they were. Some would say, yeah, but Alabama played some better teams than those other schools. True, but I think that Bama’s O-line offsets that argument and then some. In other words, playing behind Bama’s elite o-line play (even more so this year then years past) against some of the tougher schools is more of an advantage this year than playing behind the lines of schools like UCLA, UNC and Texas A&M (when they were in the big 12) against some of the less talented schools. Like you said, Alabama has a strong chance to having probably 3 linemen drafted in the first two day, and two of in the first round. All of which have a good chance of starting in the NFL as rookies. The other teams might have one line prospect being drafted early but some of their other linemen will be lucky to be drafted let alone three in the first two days. Bama’s o-line was really that dominate last year.

    I will preface that this was my assessment of Lacy before his lackluster pro day. So my words are not a product of his pro day.

  • $19122620

    Yeah, Michael is actually one of the other backs in my few that I like more. I think he is a better talent than Lacy and would rather us draft him despite some of the character concerns. Plus it seems like we might be able to get him later unless another team is in love with him and they pick him earlier than most anticipate, which is certainly a possibility with his overall skill set.

  • dgh57

    To me Lacy is like what we already have in Dwyer and Redman in that their physical type runners. I like RB Montee Ball. He might be a good fit in this new zone blocking scheme we seem to be moving to! He has good vision and can find the cut back lanes and shows patience behind blockers. He is also good at blitz pick up and a good receiver out of the backfield. While he has his flaws(not fast/strong) if you’re going to switch to a zone blocking scheme you should have a back that more fits that scheme!

  • Cody Younkin

    Lacy is wayyy OVERRATED. He ran behind a O-line that has two 1st rounders, one 2nd rounder, and a first rounder next year as well (essentially an NFL O-Line). Plus we already have two power type backs, so why do we need another one?? Look at Bernard in the 2nd or, Ball in the third, both have complete skill sets and are elusive runners. Ball is a monster who will always find the endzone, plus he is durable (he had more carries than any other running back in college AND his season was two games shorter)

  • David Edward

    I’ve been on the Bernard bandwagon sice day one…and I like Franklin as a speed back too. Lacy is similar to what Steelers already have in Dwyer/Redman. He runs well between the tackles, but I’m skeptical about his ability to turn the corner in NFL. I certainly wouldn’t take him @17 because there has to be better value there at another position…no reason to reach.

  • Cody Younkin

    I hope that these predraft visits are just distractions to throw other teams off about who the Steelers really want,because right now thier Pre-Draft Visit list is really pathetic. Looks like they are just scouting later round talent, but hey, maybe they are out- playing all of us..

  • steeltown

    I think you are forgetting that they have already met alot of the top talent at the combine or at their Prodays.. the post combine /predraft visits are mostly for meeting mid-late Rd talent that did not attend the combine and/or players from prodays to which the Team was not in attendance

  • steeltown

    We definitely need the compliment RB… a 200-210lb RB with quickness would be ideal

  • hergieburbur

    He had an outstanding line, yes, but he is still a very good power back. You are right though, another power back isn’t really what we need. Still, if he fell and we get him in the second, I wouldn’t be upset.

    Your point on Ball is double edged though. more carries shows he is durable, but he also has more wear on the tires. I would prefer Bell to Ball myself, though Bernard is probably my first choice. Or even Lattimore if he falls far enough, but he won’t.

  • hergieburbur

    The Steelers DO have a history of using their pre draft visits for misdirection.

  • Paul

    Eddie is going to be a beast in the league! He’s big and has a very nice burst once he sees the hole. What’s the difference between Lacy and Richardson, other then being a top 5 draft pick? I really like LeVon Bell too. That guy can run!

  • Derek

    They have drafted on average 4 of their 30 visits the last 5 years. So you can count on an average of 4 of those 30 guys being drafted this year.

  • steeltown

    True.. and unlike Cody above, I think there are some good names on that list: John Simon, Jarvis Jones, Jamie Collins, Khaseem Greene, Josh Boyce, Jonathan Franklin, Duke Williams, Shamarko Thomas, Will Davis, Sio Moore, Xavier Rhodes… just to name a few

  • David Edward

    I’m worried about that too. Only first round guys brought in were Rhodes, Jones, and Lacy ( if you want to call him that). Don’t want Jones or Lacy @17.

  • David Edward

    Some good names there but only if they get them in appropriate spot. I see some potential for them to reach and I sure hope they don’t

  • steeltown

    Yea but how many 1st Rd grade players do they normally bring in..4 or 5 maybe.. and how many times have they actually brought in their eventual 1st Rd pick, I know Pouncey was one, but the 1st Rd truly is best player available and not exact science

  • steeltown

    If they reach, I hope its for Tyler Eifert

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I feel like we’d be better off with Bernard, Ball or Lattimore

  • steeltown

    Agreed

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I wouldn’t mind a reach for Hopkins if the Steelers deem him worthy of the reach

  • steeltown

    Would welcome any of those picks

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Isn’t Gio Bernard about that size, and he’s pretty quick

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Man I completly agree about Bernard and Lattimore

  • hergieburbur

    Same here

  • hergieburbur

    Jarvis Jones and his (lack of) work ethic scares the hell out of me to be honest. Love most of the other names, as well as Phillip Thomas, Mauti late, and a few others,

  • hergieburbur

    I think for the most part, they usually know who they want in the first before the individual visits, so I am not as concerned there. I think they tend to use the visits more for mid round guys,

  • hergieburbur

    Right, they usually use the visits for mid round guys to get a better picture of them.

  • steeltown

    Yes sir, most complete RB in the draft, I think he’ll be gone early 2nd Rd though

  • hergieburbur

    How many end up being their first round pick though? I think in general they bring in a few players that are projected to them whether they actually intend to draft them or not as a due diligence/misdirection thing.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Agreed but I think we would be able to draft him in round 2

  • Paul

    Overrated Lacy isn’t! He’s a beast of a runner. While I have to agree that LeVeon Bell is probably a better option in the second though.

  • Dan

    It could be that Lacy will be a better power back than either Dwyer or Redman, but I’m with you. I’m suspicious that he is average back that fell in to a great program with a great O-line. Once he’s in an environment where the defenses are as good as the o-line, how good will he be. I know it my head I’m always looking for the next Bettis, but hopefully our front office is smarter and not risking passing over better players while chasing the Bettis memory.

  • David Edward

    I’m with you on Eifert and I actually don’t see him as a reach @ 17. I have him in my top 17 BAA available for the Steelers.

  • steeltown

    That’s true, he’s definitely top 20 in my eyes

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    That and 250 pound Halfbacks with rabbit feet like Bettis rarely are born.

  • zyzak

    All I’ll say is that whomever they pick @ 17 better contribute right away

  • Cody Younkin

    I’d rather get Escobar in the third or Kelce in the fourth.

  • Superdriller316

    Its hard to say which way the Steelers go when it comes to RB’s. Lacy is a strong runner and ran through tackles. He did have a good line to run behind. With that line you would have thought he would have had better production. Splitting time with Yeldon might have had something to do with it. I don’t see him as the 17th round pick though.

    This years class has RB’s with good and bad points. With Redman and Dwyer going into their last year of their contracts. The big question is what are we going to do in the future with those two? Is there a RB in this draft that we can get that is better than either of those two? Steeler football is smash mouth run down your throat. I think it’s smart to have power and speed and if you can get both in one person would be the best. Not knowing what the OL scheme will be until later, it’s hard to guess who will fit the best.

    I know that there are a lot of holes to try and fill but in this draft I’m taking two RB’s I’m taking a power guy and a speedster. The power guy would be Zac Stacy from Vandy. He’s hard to find behind the OL. He’s been productive in the SEC and is a load to take down. He can be gotten later in the draft. The speedster would be Kenjon Barner. He has speed to burn and was productive at OR. They run a zone scheme and he can find a crack. He can also be used in the return game. He can be found in later in the draft too. That gives us the first 3 rounds to get LB, Safety, and WR.

  • GoSteelerz

    I like Shamarko Thomas from Syracuse, when he gets his hands on you, you go down, and he can stay with his man, WR or TE, in coverage. The only thing he needs to work on is taking better/more consistent angles. I said IF he gets his hands on you, sometimes he really whiffs, but I like him and he’d be a great pick for us in the 3rd round, if he’s still there. The guy from CU of PA, Rontez Miles looks really good to me (look him up on youtube if you haven’t seen him yet, a 5+ minute game video and an 11+ minute highlight video), a punishing force as a tackler against the run and in the open field or to separate the ball from receivers, and very nice in coverage with nice hands, and we NEED turnovers on defense! He’s also dynamic on special teams, especially in punt coverage, and even in blocking punts! He comes from a small school though, and may go late in the draft, if at all (like Donnie Shell went undrafted?). He looks like he could be a real steal if his game can translate to the next level. And I think it can, because he’s fundamentally sound, and we have Lake to coach him up! If we came out of the draft and undrafted rookie signings with those two safety prospects, I’d be very happy. We already have the versatile and athletic Golden in the mix (I was really exited we got him last year, his film was pretty good!), we could have a great secondary for years! Ok, I may be getting ahead of myself, but I can dream, can’t I? LOL

  • Superdriller316

    Yeah, DeCastro I don’t think was a visit. With the exception of Adams, (who requested a visit), I think all the guys that came in were drafted in the 7th round.

  • dgh57

    I’ll take Shamarko Thomas at SS in the early rounds and your Rontez Miles at FS in later rds.!! That is if we decide to double dip at the Safety position. That would be a secondary to be reckoned with in the physicality front by other teams!!

  • David Edward

    Neither of those guys provide the value Eifert would bring by being able to line up in many spots. He would essentially be like having a #3 WR to go along with being TE.

  • David Edward

    I like Shamarko as the pick in round 3…which is why I often say don’t draft a safety @ 17.

  • David Edward

    I like Stacy. He’s a bit of a combo guy…power but runs a 4.55 so not necessarily slow. He can do a bit of everything and would be a nice pick @115. Doubt they will pick two RBs though. Of the one’s who have visited, I like Franklin the best. He’s a speed back who can still carry the load if need be.

  • Steelers32

    3rd/4th

  • GoSteelerz

    He doesn’t seem to get much after the catch and I’ve seen scant footage of his blocking ability. He runs nice routes and has a real knack for finding the ball and catching it even in traffic. Is he a good blocker too? I wish I could find more footage on his blocking. If he’s as good a blocker as he is a receiver, then I could see considering him as a legit first rounder.

  • steeltown

    He’s a decent blocker, not great, scouts say he has steadily improved in that area over his college career. As with any college prospect, he’ll have to work on his craft, I think the upside is evident

  • GoSteelerz

    If he’s willing to work hard (which his improvement shows :D) and get nasty with his blocking, then I would agree, he has about as good of an upside as there is. The scouts would hopefully know his work ethic, and so he may be worth it if they feel they need a TE that badly. I guess that is the real question, does our F/O feel they need a TE? Time will tell.

  • steeltown

    Im not to confident they’ll draft Eifert… but in my eyes, what better time to do it? Heath is injured and nearing the end of his current contract and we have Haley as OC and we’ve seen how heavily he used Heath Miller, imagine Miller AND Eifert

  • GoSteelerz

    I agree that they may not go TE int he first round, it just doesn’t seem like they would, but you never know, and like you say, if they want a TE, it would be a good time to get someone of his caliber in the first round. Honestly, we have enough needs all over the place, I truly don’t know what position they will go after first! There can be a case made almost anywhere on our roster! LOL

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