Numerous outlets have reported that former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy will miss Pro Day in Tuscaloosa this week with the same lingering hamstring trouble that sidelined him in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine.
Lacy’s draft stock will certainly take a short term dip from the injury problems. The inability to workout due to injury is a red flag to many franchises. Couple that with the fact that running backs aren’t as valued as they once were thanks to players such as Houston Texans RB Arian Foster, who was an undrafted free agent that has become a dominant force in the Houston backfield. Furthermore, the NFL has morphed into a passing league following a series of rule changes that have made it easier for offenses to move the ball through the air. It all leads to the fact that teams are not willing to invest a first-round pick unless the back is special, like Trent Richardson was last year. Even then, fans were treated to discourse about the Browns reaching for Richardson at No. 3 in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Is it an untenable situation for Eddie Lacy? Absolutely not. If a team is looking at drafting Lacy, that franchise will fly him in for a workout with their coaching staff to see how he performs in that environment. The tape that Lacy piled up during the second half of the 2012 season at Alabama also serves him well for evaluations.
The best news for Eddie Lacy’s draft position is that the running back class is fairly weak this year. There is no Adrian Peterson or Trent Richardson-type player that Lacy has to try and equal. Barring consistent, cataclysmic workouts for individual franchises, Eddie Lacy will still be the first running back to come off the board on Draft Day.