Fantasy Impact: Green Bay Packers Select Eddie Lacy
Lacy’s strengths had many thinking he would be the first running back off the board. Lacy is built well, with a 5’11”, 235 pound frame, which allows him to play with powerful and a good center of gravity. Lacy has solid vision and played with NFL caliber talent while at Alabama. Lacy is fairly shifty for a back traditionally thought of with more power, and has the agility to make people miss.
One of Lacy’s areas of needed improvement is pass protection. Part of this may have been because he sat behind Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson early in his career, but if he wants to be a three down back protecting a great quarterback, he’ll need to refine his technique. Lacy isn’t also the best pass catcher out there, although he’s not terrible.
Fantasy impact: Lacy has the ability to make an immediate fantasy impact given the sorry state of the Packers running back corps. DuJuan Harris isn’t the answer there, so he’ll be given every opportunity in the world. Don’t expect many receptions from him if you’re in a PPR league, but chances are, he’ll be drafted as a starting RB in most fantasy leagues, whether redraft or dynasty, and with good reason.