What Scouts Said About Eddie Lacy

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage says the Packers and Alabama running back Eddie Lacy should be a "good marriage." Plus, views on his running style, pass catching and protection skills.

Here is what the experts are saying about second-round pick Eddie Lacy, the 230-pound running back from Alabama:

NFL lead scout Dave'Te' Thomas, on the class of big running backs: "(Le'Veon) Bell's my favorite running back, period. I think Bell will be a steal if anybody gets him in the second or third round. I think Lacy will be the first running back off the board. I'm not a Montee Ball fan for the simple reason that I can't have a late-model Corvette with 200,000 miles on it. It defeats the purpose.

Scout on Lacy: "He's a real good player. He's a guy that's going to run through tackles. For a big guy like him, he has some elusiveness to him. He's not a real shifty guy but he has a subtle patience to his running style. He's a guy that's going to come off the board somewhere in that 22 to 32 range. Mark Ingram went 28 (in 2011) and he's probably a little better than Mark Ingram. I just don't think he's a dynamic difference-maker."

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage, the former Browns' general manager who now does color commentary on Alabama's radio network: "I think Eddie's a natural runner. He's got a jump-cut, lateral ability. He's got a patented spin move that he's been very successful with in college; it remains to be seen if he can do it in the pros. He is a big man with agility. There are times when you can say he showed as much talent or more than Trent Richardson or Mark Ingram. He only had really this year to be the main ball-carrier."

Savage: "I think his pass protection is a little underrated. I think he's good in that regard. He did have some fumble issues very early in his career but since then he has not had any issues holding onto the ball."

Savage, on the fit with Green Bay: "I think with the way they spread the ball around with Aaron Rodgers, he's going to be a sledgehammer in the midst of an offense that can stretch the field horizontally, so it should be a good marriage."

The scouting portion of Lacy's official biography, provided courtesy of Scouting Services Inc.: "Lacy has thick thighs and calves, along with the strong leg drive that easily allows him to break initial tackles. With his sturdy build, he can carry the load and navigate through traffic taking the ball up the middle of the field, but he is also surprisingly agile with cat-like moves to take the ball long distances once he clears trash. In 2012, he produced 13 carries that went distances of 20 yards or longer, scoring on four of those long attempts.

"Much like former Tennessee Titans All-Pro, Eddie George, Lacy has a bit of an upright running style, but he has proven to be nearly impossible for isolated tacklers to bring down, especially when he lowers his pads, bulls his way forward and wraps the ball securely. He generates very good pop upon initial contact to rock his opponents back on their heels and he demonstrates good body lean to fall forward in attempts to gain additional yardage.

"Unlike most young ball-carriers that prefer to simply punish defenders, Lacy has the balance, body control and lateral moves to slide and locate the cutback lanes, as he demonstrates good maturity and patience waiting for his lead blockers to create room for him to operate. He has also developed efficient receiving skills to be a valid threat coming out of the backfield in short-area passing situations."

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