NFL scouts were starting to get frustrated with former Alabama Crimson Tide running back Eddie Lacy, because he had yet to run for them during the draft process. On Thursday, Lacy finally ran, and it proved to be worth the wait.
There was concern that Lacy could have been delaying running the 40-yard dash because of his lack of long speed, but he erased any doubts during his Pro Day workout in Tuscaloosa with the kind of times that we all expected pre-injury.
According to Mark Edwards of the Anniston (Ala.) Star, Lacy ran a pair of unofficial 4.4 second 40-yard dashes.
Lacy runs the 40 again. We have 4.4 again. Unofficially.
— Mark Edwards (@MarkSportsStar) April 11, 2013
Of course, there were other stop watches in attendance that had slightly slower times, which seem more accurate.
On @seniorbowl watch, Eddie Lacy ran 4.58/4.62. Position drills now.
— Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) April 11, 2013
The 4.4′s would be phenomenal times for Lacy, but the 4.60 average on the Senior Bowl clocks appears to be closer to how Lacy plays on tape. It’s good to see that his speed on the track translates on the film to football speed and it looks like his hamstring is now healed.
It wouldn’t be out of the question to see Lacy jump back in to the first-round discussion.
Lacy is a powerful back at 5-foot-11, 231-pounds. When you add the speed, he has the makings of an every down back in the league. The speed concerns are now gone and there are a number of teams that could consider him with their top pick.
A few teams to watch are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.
We will find out where Lacy lands when the 2013 NFL Draft kicks off on April 25.