Eddie Lacy is a big, powerful running back. Many experts on the NFL draft have suggested the former Alabama star may be the only running back taken in the first round. No one knows for sure where any player will go in the draft, but there are a few factors that are making it harder for a good running back to make it to the next level.
The new safety rules in the NFL make it illegal for a back to smash into a defender with his helmet in an open field. Player safety is important, but rule changes are often very broad and take years to revise down to a suitable level. Whether this rule will take even more emphasis off of the running game is hard to say. The NFL has almost turned into arena ball with the pass oriented game anyway but, as Lacy points out in this article on Fox, there are some times that you simply can’t be effective passing the ball.
Lacy has been known to plant defenders in the dirt, of course, but he has his spin move and his speed working in his favor – not just his strength. This is why he has caught the attention of several NFL coaches. Pundits have projected Eddie Lacy to go to Denver or Green Bay in the first round but concerns about durability could easily push him into round two. Either way, there is a near consensus that Lacy is the best of the bunch in a position that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
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