Lacy is a good back, I won't deny that, but there is a difference between college and Pro. Hey, if we get him I wouldn't mind at all however we better fix the run blocking first or we would waste his talent.
Now if you want to add a package deal with Lacy and Womack then were talking.....Bidness!
Having watched a bit of Lacy's highlights, one thing that stands out is how often he isn't hit in the backfield.
Now, this can be viewed 2 ways- it could be that Lacy is great at finding open space, that his vision is impeccable & that he just sees the field that well.
Which is possible.
But that OL of his is outstanding at the college level. His lack of contact behind the line is more likely a result of the 5 big guys in front of him.
The reason Chadman brings that up is, Lacy is a 'big guy'. When a big guy gets some momentum, he becomes much harder to stop, particularly 1 on 1. So watching Lacy bust through his first tackle after he's run 8 or so yards & has his top speed going, is not really surprising.
Thing is, that won't happen in the NFL, at least- not consistantly. How is he without momentum?
The second way to look at it is this- is he much different from what is already on the roster? If you put Redman or Dwyer behind a dominant line like Alabama- how would they go? Both are 'big guys' that, with momentum, are hard to stop.
This is not a post bagging Lacy, who looks like a good power runner. But in a game where you want to keep your opposition guessing as to the next move, is having 3 RB's that essentially do the same job, good roster management?
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I liked what I saw in Lacy the two times I watched him play this year. You can only make a judgment based on what you see on the field. The one thing for sure is that he will be playing against better defenders and tacklers next year in the NFL. So, what I liked about him when I saw him play this year was that he almost always fell forward, he delivered blows and he seemed to have excellent vision and game sense.
What I didn't like was his propensity to spin in a similar fashion to Mendenhall and he seemed to enjoy a lot of running room provided to him by the offensive line (he probably won't get that from the Steeler line).
If he's on the board in round one and he's rated as BPA, I'd take him, if not, then I wouldn't. He'll be gone by 2.49 IMO.
1.22) Dante Fowler, OLB, UF
2.56) PJ Williams, CB, FSU
3.87) Ben Koyack, TE, ND
4.120) Kurtis Drummond, FS, MSU
5.152) David Johnson, RB, North Iowa
6.183) Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon St.
7.214) Lynden Trail, OLB, Norfolk St.
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