Next In Line

Alabama running back is next in line to be a potential NFL first round draft pick, following Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.

Indianapolis, Ind. - This has to be a record – has any college football program ever produced three consecutive NFL first round draft picks at the running back position?

The University of Alabama has a chance. In 2011, Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram was selected in the first round and last year it was Cleveland taking Trent Richardson No. 4 overall.

Now there's a good chance that Crimson Tide running back Eddie Lacy could follow his former teammates. We know he will be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft and there's a good chance he could end up in the first round.

"That would be great and to be the No. 1 back," Lacy said. "But honestly, it's just a good feeling to be here."

Lacy looked like he was enjoying himself very much on the podium facing the NFL media for the first time. He was all smiles and threw in a little laughter. It's a vastly different personality then the one you saw on the football field in Tuscaloosa.

"I am power [back] but I am agile," Lacy said. "I can make people miss."

Lacy, 5-foot-10 and 220-pounds, signed with Alabama out of Geismar (La.) Dutchtown High School. Once in Tuscaloosa, he had to be patient and wait for his turn. In 2011 he was Richardson's backup. This season he was their go-to guy even with true freshman sensation T.J. Yeldon.

"I think it's an advantage for me because I am not as banged up as a lot of guys," Lacy said. "There are so many licks you can take being a running back."

Lacy walks away from Alabama with his share of hardware, including that dominant performance in the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame. That game alone improved his draft stock and it seems like the Lacy upward momentum continues to ascend.

"We heard about their defense and about how good it was supposed to be," Lacy said. "We came out with the mindset that we wanted to be dominant."

"That was our big game. I think I was able to show what I can do in the big game. In the NFL, every game is a big game. I showed I can do it.

For Lacy, it was more than his play against the Fighting Irish. It was the body of work he put together over the season and during his college career.

"It's so hard when you show up [at Alabama] as a freshman," Lacy said. "But it prepares, even for days like today. I didn't look forward to Tuesdays and Wednesdays at practice because those were the days we got ready and those practices were harder than the games. But that's what got us prepared for the games."

For Lacy, like all the others, he doesn't care where he lands in April's draft.

"I would want to play in anyone's offense."

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