Alabama Crimson Tide junior running back Eddie Lacy is likely to announce his intention to enter the NFL Draft in a press conference at 11 a.m. CT on Thursday. Lacy, along with fellow underclassmen D.J. Fluker, Dee Milliner, and Adrian Hubbard will likely be in attendance although the university has not formally announced who will be at the news conference on Friday.
There is no official word on Lacy, either, but his teammate Kenyan Drake took to twitter this evening to congratulate Lacy on going to the draft. That tweet has since been deleted, but I was able to take a screenshot of it beforehand as you can see on the right.
Lacy turning pro should come as no surprise after his outstanding performance in the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame on Monday night. He earned offensive MVP honors with 140 rushing yards on 20 carries with a rushing and receiving touchdown in the Crimson Tide’s 42-14 beatdown of the Fighting Irish.
Lacy also had a tremendous outing against Georgia in the SEC Championship, where he ran for 181 yards on 20 carries and 2 touchdowns to help Alabama to the 32-28 win over the Bulldogs. Lacy struggled with nagging injuries for the majority of his career in Tuscaloosa, but he finally got healthy over the final few weeks of the season, and was a big reason for the Tide capturing their second straight National Championship.
Lacy has seen his draft stock steadily improve since the National Title game on Monday night. CBS currently has Lacy as the #1 overall running back prospect, and the 43rd best player in the draft. Lacy is projected by many as a 2nd round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but strong workouts could boost him toward the end of the first round, especially if there is a consensus that he is the best running back in the class.
With Lacy and Fluker both expected to announce their intention to enter the NFL Draft, that leaves two Alabama underclassmen — Dee Milliner and Adrian Hubbard — who have yet to make their decisions. Milliner is rated as the #1 cornerback in this class, and is projected to be a Top 10 pick in April.
As for Adrian Hubbard, Matt Miller tweeted today that Hubbard was leaning toward entering the draft. In any case, we should officially found out the intentions of them all at the news conference tomorrow.
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