Over the weekend, we took part in a mock draft with DraftSeason.com, where we were asked to pick for the Green Bay Packers. The pick was Alabama running back Eddie Lacy.
Why? Well, for one Lacy is, by most accounts, the best back in the draft. Frankly, it would also be nice if the Packers didn’t have to figure out who is going to carry the ball for them, for once.
This was our analysis.
This pick goes against form in a couple ways. The Packers haven’t taken a running back this high since taking Brandon Jackson in the second round in 2007. Some people don’t think there’s a running back with a first-round grade. I think Lacy is another Trent Richardson and this pick does stay true to form in that GM Ted Thompson is always unpredictable. The Packers need an every-down guy that can move the pile and Lacy would be a nice complement to Aaron Rodgers.
By the way, Lacy ran for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012. He averaged 6.5 per carry.
You can see the full mock draft here and then blame me for not taking someone else, which I’ll surely take into account the next time I participate in this exercise.
I’d be good with Lacy.
No….Gotta keep #12 off the ground
getting a good RB will keep Rodgers off the ground
Maybe getting his tackles back will help this. Not to mention a quality RB would certainly do this. Or maybe MM could ask him not to hold onto the ball so long(He was credited with more sacks taken than any Packers OLineman). I’m curious though who would you take at the end of the first that could keep Rodgers off his back?
Certainly would be nice to have a strong reliable running game for a change.
The Packers may have an every down back in Dujuan Harris. They don’t know yet. For that reason, I would not spend a high pick at RB.
That being said, I do like Lacy a lot, and I believe TT HAS to take the best player available this draft. So, if the best player happens to be Lacy, then so be it.
We need a Center more than anything.
& if you really think that Evan Deitrich-Smith is a full-time starter, you’re crazy. Solid back-up, but not a starter.
Scott Wells was a 7th round pick. You don’t need to draft high to get a center.
What the Packers do with EDS in free agency will tell us a lot as far as where their head is at. A 2nd round tender, which is what I expect, would indeed mean the Packers think EDS is their starter for the next 4-5 years.
Regardless, I feel the same: if a center is the BPA when your spot comes up, you take him.
I’d rather not take Lacy. He had a helluva line to run behind at ‘Bama. I don’t think he’d give us the value people think he would with the OL we have in place.
I’d prefer to look OL/DL/LB and take BPA in Rd 1. They’re higher value positions for us right now.
When I first read the article…I said no way. Packers need to get some protection for Rodgers first. But after thinking about it….i do feel like the Packers need desperately to make some changes. Maybe getting a productive RB will be the answer. Getting some pressure off of Rodgers by using a RB more often could only help to throw off Defenses that have in the past had a hay day pummeling Rodgers. A RB could give them something else to target other than our elite QB who can only take so much of that for who knows how long. We cannot risk him getting hurt. i think it is time for the packers to bring some balance to the offense and not depend so much on Rodgers. Never put all your eggs in one basket….
Ask yourself this…When was the last time the Pack drafted a skill-position player (QB, RB, WR) not named Aaron Rodgers in the 1st round???
I had to think about it, then look it up.
It was Javon Walker in 2002, (11 seasons ago)…& before that, Darrell Thompson in 1990 (23 seasons ago)…& before that it was Sterling Sharpe in 1988.
I know a lot of fans want to go OL in the first but I don’t see value being there. I mean I was fully against Jones in the first while every1 else wanted him so bad. Now it looks as if he could be available in the 2nd. I just don’t like taking a Center that high especially not a great Center(Which I don’t think Jones will be).
I was all for Jonathan Cooper but he raised way up boards.
Really the only other player I see with a first rd grade is Fluker and if your goal is to keep Rodgers upright he wouldn’t be a good pick.
All that being said this is a great year to take Interior lineman in the mid rds. They could grab some1 like Quessenberry or Schwenke if available in the third and get better value than Jones in the 2nd.
Most likely the BPA will be a safety, RB, WR, TE, or ILB at the end of the first. Obviously I have no clue what TT thinks about some of those fringe players or any GM for that matter but all those positions are stacked from late first through the third.
Last year the Pack’s o line was rated 29th in rush blocking.It also gave up more than 50 sacks.I also recall the packers giving up an NFL record for rushing yards against SF.How about we go big body before putting stock into an unproven rb.This article is stupid. Nowhere does it explain why Lacy is good or does it say anything about him. I don’t care if he ran for 1300 tds for the best team. Frigin bloggers!!!
we do not need to keep drafting OL in the 1st round 2 out of the last 3 years is enough, You guys didn’t like what you saw from Barclay? who will you replace? Newhouse, well who in the draft is going to do better than Newhouse? I know #12 is the walk on water in a lot of peoples eyes, but christ man throw the fucking ball away once and a while! Lacy is a no brainer pick at 26 we’ve passed on Shady Mccoy among numerous others late in round one for what? TAKE AN IMPACT RUNNING BACK! I’m so fucking sick and tired of practice squad running backs being touted as great by these retarded fans.
And if he turns out to be a non-impact RB will you eat your own ass?
Do you think Adrian Peterson II comes at pick number 26?
Fuck the RB and draft a heavy, those guys get it done all day.
I agree with many of you on here, get linemen in the later rounds as there is more value in other positions in 1 and 2. How many snaps did Lacy drop back to block? Does anyone really think Dujuan can move the pile and be an every down back with his size?
Love the idea of drafting lacy in the first. People don’t understand theres a deep pool of talent for dline n oline. It’s time green bay gets a real deal RB to make something happen on the ground n help rodgers out.
I would be surprised if the Packers choose a running back in the first two rounds, and VERY surprised if they spend their first pick on Lacy. The offense didn’t lose the packers any games last year. The talent in the defensive front seven is very thin, and I’d look for Thompson to look first to defensive linemen or outside linebackers. At pick 26, they should have some solid options, especially at DL.
I’dve put Ball behind Fredrick for the “Cheesehead feel good factor”, …I bet it would’ve carried some weight. Not our forte anyway. Backs are generally as good as their O-line (with a few exceptions), and ours ain’t “all that”. Keep churning out the receivers.