Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has hit gold in the 2013 NFL Draft with his first two selections, but drafting Eddie Lacy is the biggest steal in the first two rounds. Eddie Lacy was the best running back coming into the draft and he fills an enormous hole on the Packers roster. He was projected by many experts to be selected in the first round, possibly to the Packers with the 26th overall pick, but he ended up sliding all the way to the 61st overall pick.
Eddie Lacy is an inside power runner, who the Packers have desperately need for years to improve their below average running game. He was a workhorse for Alabama in 14 games last season carrying the ball 204 times for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
Mike Mayock of NFL Network loved the Packers selection:
"At 230 pounds, he's got much better feet than people think. This guy's a three-down tailback. He'll protect the quarterback. He can carry 20 to 25 times a game. For the Packers, who have been running the ball by committee, this is a perfect pick."He definitely is NFL ready and should instantly make a solid impact for the Packers this season. He gives the Packers the threat of running the ball on any down and will instantly improve the Packers offense. The Packers got huge value with the 61st overall pick drafting the first-round talent, Eddie Lacy, and he will be a star for the Packers for the years to come.