Some Steelers fans are in Love with Lacy but read this.
Has the leg drive to push the pile and keeps his legs churning through contact, often resulting in broken tackles. Lacey reads his blocks nicely, showing enough lateral agility to avoid defenders as well as the burst to stick his foot in the ground and accelerate through gaps quickly.
He's a well-built back, but shows good balance (including an often-used spin move) and athleticism (leaping ability) to surprise defenders anticipating that all he has is power. Runs tough and determined with an angry attitude to finish each run and pick up positive yardage.
WEAKNSESSES: Needs to stay healthy as he's been hampered at times with foot injuries (ankle sprains, turf toe). Put the ball on the ground a few times early in his career, but improved in this area.
COMPARES TO: Michael Bush, RB, Chicago Bears - Both have the power to run over defenders while also possessing surprisingly fluid feed for their big frames.
Steelers need a home run in round one. Not a project. Hood and Heyward are serviceable but it'd nice to have a little bit more than that.
Since when do the steelers draft for need rather than best player? I know they won't draft a qb at 17, but they're gonna get the guy they rate highest regardless of need.
keeps his legs churning through contact, often resulting in broken tackles,,,,,Runs tough and determined with an angry attitude to finish each run and pick up positive yardage.
The Steelers so sorely miss a RB that can break tackles or make that first guy miss. We haven't see that in a couple of years now.
Leg injuries are a red flag, especially for explosive positions like RB (i.e. WR, DB, LB). It basically can rob a player of any exceptional quality that they may have had...