The Green Bay Packers selected Alabama running back Eddie Lacy with the 61st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Fantasy analysis: The Crimson Tide's starting RB in 2012 slipped, presumably, primarily because of concerns about his durability, with minor health issues that lingered into the offseason. He also played behind one of the nation's best offensive lines. For proof, check out the list of players who went in the first round.
One can't dismiss Lacy's college production because of those factors alone, though. He's an above-average runner and a physical specimen who runs violently and can break tackles -- sometimes with tremendous ease. The Packers have sorely needed this kind of potential force lining up behind Aaron Rodgers, given the punishment to which he's occasionally subjected and the frequency with which the Pack has relied on the passing game.
It's unlikely that Green Bay's offense will become run-centric any time soon. But, if Lacy stays out of the trainer's room, he should give this offense and fantasy owners the kind of option that neither James Starks nor Alex Green is. He'll likely be a mid-round fantasy pick, depending on an array of variables come July and August, most notably Lacy's health.
This should end speculation that Green Bay will re-sign Cedric Benson, at least for now.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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