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Packers stop the Eddie Lacy slide

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Many thought that the Packers would target running back Eddie Lacy at the bottom of round one.

They were right, eventually.

The Packers made Lacy the 61st pick in the draft, ending a slide that saw him selected behind three other running backs — Giovani Bernard, Le’veon Bell, and Montee Ball.

Now that the Packers have invested in a running back, let’s see if they use him.  In the past, the Pack have blustered about developing a running game, and yet they have continued to pass to set up the pass.

If they embrace Lacy (and if he performs well), the Packers can add some balance to their offense.  Even if quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t want them to.

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81 Responses to “Packers stop the Eddie Lacy slide”
  1. Logicalvoice says: Apr 26, 2013 8:41 PM

    He’s a good runner. Just made it harder for teams to ignore play action.

  2. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 26, 2013 8:41 PM

    Good pick. Dude is one agile bruiser.

  3. axespray says: Apr 26, 2013 8:42 PM

    I really really wanted that 360 pound Jenkins guy…. but wow! Eddie Lacy still available in the late 2nd round?

    ok… dude can’t be any worse than ….what we called a running game these past 2 to 3 years.

  4. trevor123698 says: Apr 26, 2013 8:43 PM

    ted has made out like a bandit thus far in the draft

  5. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 26, 2013 8:43 PM

    Nice. Now he’ll have a chip on his shoulder just like Rodgers did.

    Now get the man some run blockers.

  6. packfaninchitown says: Apr 26, 2013 8:43 PM

    Another great draft by Ted the Terminator!

  7. farvite says: Apr 26, 2013 8:43 PM

    Nice pick… But it’s a shame for Lacy that his ‘Bama line is better than the Packers line.

  8. trapshoot says: Apr 26, 2013 8:43 PM

    Great to see TT finally go for a good running back. Now he has to live up to expectations.

  9. vjbarrios says: Apr 26, 2013 8:44 PM

    Finally a respectable running back! In Ted we trust!!

  10. packmangamble says: Apr 26, 2013 8:46 PM

    Now you’ve got to find a guard and a tackle who will block for him while keeping Rodgers upright!

  11. ososrule says: Apr 26, 2013 8:47 PM

    Fart! Packers fans all have downs syndrome!

  12. rasalghoul says: Apr 26, 2013 8:48 PM

    The question is if his slide is an Aaron Rodgers slide or if there really is something wrong with his game.

    Either way: GO PACK!

  13. mobuccsfan says: Apr 26, 2013 8:48 PM

    Thought he would end up in GB. I agree they need to address OL to protect their investment. What a day for Aaron Rodgers indeed.

  14. meetadam says: Apr 26, 2013 8:49 PM

    Welcome to the Packers Eddie! No pressure…

  15. redpillmindstate says: Apr 26, 2013 8:50 PM

    Immediate upgrade for the Packers however I don’t think he is a game changer but he will be serviceable for the next several seasons reminds me of Rudi Johnson will be a decent RB but he style won’t allow him to last very long….

  16. thehatefulnerd says: Apr 26, 2013 8:50 PM

    What we need is a C.

  17. shaggytoodle says: Apr 26, 2013 8:52 PM

    Good things come to those who wait.

    He won’t be the focal point of the offense, but he will definitely have chances to make plays. With audible calls, and draw plays.

    Welcome to Green Bay.

  18. sportsfaninyyc says: Apr 26, 2013 8:52 PM

    Great back, hopefully he can handle the weather when it gets cold.

  19. vikesallday says: Apr 26, 2013 8:54 PM

    With it and Adrian being the better one I don’t see any packers winning this year in the games against the Vikings for us! Vikings had a better time in it.

  20. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 26, 2013 8:54 PM

    But how good will he be now that he won’t be running behind an NFL-quality offensive line?

  21. teambringitstrong says: Apr 26, 2013 8:56 PM

    This was a damn good pick by the Packers. Damn good pick.

  22. nflfollower says: Apr 26, 2013 8:56 PM

    But how similar is the scheme in GB to what Bama ran? If you’re new to the game of football, I’ll clue you in—not very similar at all.

    Interesting pick. One of the main knocks on this guy was that he needs to get a good head of steam before encountering defenders, which makes me agree with earlier posters; they better shore up their run blocking.

  23. bamasleeper13 says: Apr 26, 2013 8:57 PM

    Roll Pack Roll!! Great pick!!

  24. tennesseeoilers says: Apr 26, 2013 8:59 PM

    In 2005, practically every other NFL team gave the Green Bay Packers the ultimate gift-wrap by passing on Aaron Rodgers. Tonight, history repeated itself with the No. 1 running back prospect, Eddie Lacy. Congrats Packers fans.

  25. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:02 PM

    slow your row packers fans, that roll tide offensive line makes anybody looks good, now if u guys have a o-line like that, dude will run wild, if not……might want to wait before u praise yr front office

  26. vikescry1 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:02 PM

    farvite says:
    Apr 26, 2013 8:43 PM
    Nice pick… But it’s a shame for Lacy that his ‘Bama line is better than the Packers line.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————— maybe but his qb wasn’t anything close to rodgers. the pack will add a couple of o-lineman soon. but couldn’t pass him up again.

  27. riverace19 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:06 PM

    A huge steal akin to Rodgers #24… with 7 more picks in rounds 3-7 they will address O line, TE, and linebacker.

  28. gbpackersfan12 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:06 PM

    Great to see him drop to Pack in Round 2. Should be a great fit. Pack and Vikings drafting well so far, wonder when the Bears will decide to figure it out?

  29. riverace19 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:08 PM

    There is nothing wrong with Lacy, just didn’t attend the combine and this is a combine-oriented world… others’ loss, Packers gain.

  30. bornsteel62 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:09 PM

    Guy didn’t stand out at the combine (thats why 3 other went ahead of him), gained 10-12lbs in the interim and has shown questionable work ethic. Only reason people know of him is cuz he played @’bama and in Championship game. Good luck Pack…

  31. lnfinite says: Apr 26, 2013 9:15 PM

    With no offensive line no offensive line to block for him, Lacy will be in IR before game 6.

  32. lnfinite says: Apr 26, 2013 9:16 PM

    Had to say it twice, NO OFFENSIVE LINE………

  33. jhein23 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:17 PM

    A lot of you posters do realize the Packers running backs were looking at 6 man fronts last year and still couldn’t gain 2 or 3 yard right? This guy is bigger and better than the pedestrian backs the Pack had, I don’t think he’ll be a superstar but he will do enough to open things up in the passing game for Aaron Rodgers.

  34. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 26, 2013 9:17 PM

    What’s funny:

    The drop off from Rodgers to Ponder is WAAAAAAY bigger than the dropoff from Peterson to Lacy.

    Advantage: Packers.

    8 – 8 at best: Vikes

  35. billh1947 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:24 PM

    “Nice pick… But it’s a shame for Lacy that his ‘Bama line is better than the Packers line”.
    His Bama line wasnt playing against NFL defenses so your comment is stupid,I dont see all those great Bama offensive linemen being fought over and scooped up in this draft.if the Packers brain trust truly decides to devote more to the running game with Lacy you will see the linemen improve their run blocking markedly.

  36. immafubared says: Apr 26, 2013 9:27 PM

    He will suck. Does not possess that quick to the hole speed and he will find a lot of fast linebackers staring him in the face when he hits the hole

  37. riverace19 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:31 PM

    Lang Dietrich-Smith Sitton Bulaga isn’t a bad start. If Sharrod develops and they add a couple of picks that’s not that bad of an O line. A good % of sacks last year were due to Rodgers hanging on too long

  38. riverace19 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:33 PM

    I’m truly amazed once again by all the negative comments towards maybe the best RB in college last year.

  39. ummdoyouevenwatchfootball says: Apr 26, 2013 9:33 PM

    Man. I seriously hate being a packer fan sometimes. You guys have no clue about football, do you honestly think this guy is gonna be a future starter for the packers? We will feed him the ball 10 times a game and he will get about 20 yards and then rodgers will continue to be the only reason we have an offense. We should of addressed key issues and not tried to change the identity of our offense, since our offense has not been our problem in the first place. Jesus Christ, you guys are morons.

  40. theytukrjobs says: Apr 26, 2013 9:38 PM

    Good pick for them. Lucky for Lacy to still be on the board but I guess RB’s just aren’t valued like they once were.

  41. armstrongsmissingball says: Apr 26, 2013 9:39 PM

    What is crazy about the pack O line is all the major injuries and we still were the 2nd best team in the NFC….. Not a misprint we won the Seattle game. We get Sherrod and Bulaga (both first round talent) back healthy Lacy will dominate.dude is a beast. Go back and look at the NC game film. Eye opener.

  42. cusoman says: Apr 26, 2013 9:51 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Apr 26, 2013 9:17 PM
    What’s funny:

    The drop off from Rodgers to Ponder is WAAAAAAY bigger than the dropoff from Peterson to Lacy.

    Advantage: Packers.

    8 – 8 at best: Vikes

    ———————–

    That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard coming from you, and that’s saying something. Lacy hasn’t played a down in the NFL so the comparison is completely moot.

  43. outlawshark says: Apr 26, 2013 9:52 PM

    immafubared says:Apr 26, 2013 9:27 PM

    He will suck. Does not possess that quick to the hole speed and he will find a lot of fast linebackers staring him in the face when he hits the hole
    ————————————-
    If Lacy has any head start, a “fast” linebacker will receive a very unpleasant surprise.

  44. fartweasel says: Apr 26, 2013 10:09 PM

    Packer fans are so entertaining….. Ted Thompson is a genius! He plucked this gem out of the 3rd round while apparently all the other teams fell asleep!!! How could he possibly have slipped this far? Lacy is better than Adrian Peterson!! Best player in the draft, by far.

    You can’t make this stuff up…

  45. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 26, 2013 10:11 PM

    Cuso, I don’t care about your opinion.

    I’m right more than I’m wrong, and you’re a fan of a team that isn’t as good as the Packers.

    See? Right again.

  46. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Apr 26, 2013 10:19 PM

    I told you so. I don’t hate to tell you that I told you so. Le’Veon Bell was always the best back in the draft. It’s a good thing that most GM’s know more about football than everyone commenting here about how Montee Ball was the best back in the Big 10 and that Lacey was way better than Bell.
    I never really heard much about Bernard before the draft and I’m still not sure why anyone would take him before Bell but that’s their loss.
    Sparty on!

  47. greenandgold1972 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:21 PM

    ummdoyouevenwatchfootball: Man. I seriously hate being a packer fan sometimes… We should of addressed key issues and not tried to change the identity of our offense, since our offense has not been our problem in the first place. Jesus Christ, you guys are morons.

    _______

    When the HC says he wants a run game, when the franchise QB says he wants a run game, I tend to side with them, not a poster on a website. I seriously doubt you are a Packers fan, as you don’t seem to comprehend their needs and wants. For crying out loud, AR mentioned DuJuan Harris in his press conference today, after signing a darn contract. Shouldn’t that tell you something?

  48. greenandgold1972 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:22 PM

    fartweasel says:: Ted Thompson is a genius! He plucked this gem out of the 3rd round while apparently all the other teams fell asleep!!! How could he possibly have slipped this far?

    ____________

    Aaron Rodgers rings a bell?

  49. theskolbandit says: Apr 26, 2013 10:32 PM

    Good pick GB CAN’T hate on it. It’s been a need for YEARS

  50. theskolbandit says: Apr 26, 2013 10:33 PM

    Good pick GB CAN’T hate on it. It’s been a need for YEARS
    BANDIT

  51. GenXJay says: Apr 26, 2013 10:40 PM

    Lose/Lose.
    A wasted Rb talent who will only block.
    A wasted 2nd rd pick that should’ve been an offensive lineman solidify blocking at it’s guarantee.
    sad reach.

  52. contra74 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:47 PM

    RIP Eddie Lacys career

    It’s a shame he has to go to not only a team with a horrible O-line but a horrible town to boot.

    In sure Lacy wishes the chargers didn’t pick Te’o because Te’O was most certainly the next victim of this organization.

  53. kidfootball says: Apr 26, 2013 10:49 PM

    Good pick! Now on to the business of replacing AJ Hawk.

  54. jackrabbitz says: Apr 26, 2013 10:54 PM

    Could not be happier. Welcome to green bay.

  55. thraiderskin says: Apr 26, 2013 11:04 PM

    GREAT pick.

  56. adoombray says: Apr 26, 2013 11:04 PM

    solid redemption, the RB is a big need for the team and I was really disappointed GB didnt get a back in the first, but Thompson proves again he’s earned the right for us not to question the gameplan. Packers lucked out in a huge way on that hire.

  57. bloodisred says: Apr 26, 2013 11:31 PM

    It’s tough to evaluate U of A backs because their O-line is so dominant a that level. I think that uncertainty more than his absence at the combine or a strained hamstring (not uncommon) contributed to the “fall”.

  58. fartweasel says: Apr 26, 2013 11:35 PM

    greenandgold1972 says:
    Apr 26, 2013 10:22 PM
    fartweasel says:: Ted Thompson is a genius! He plucked this gem out of the 3rd round while apparently all the other teams fell asleep!!! How could he possibly have slipped this far?

    ____________

    Aaron Rodgers rings a bell?

    What did Mr. Rodgers do for you last year, and um, the year before when your defense stunk up the place in the playoffs? Can Lacy play d-line or d-back for your guys? Handing off to Lacy should certainly help you win more games though (eye roll). well played.

  59. purpleguy says: Apr 26, 2013 11:44 PM

    Good pick by TT. Don’t get the collection of a zillion 5th and 6th rounders though.

  60. mountaindont says: Apr 26, 2013 11:52 PM

    Watch for Thompson to trade Lacy on Saturday for two 7th rounders

  61. booboothekid says: Apr 27, 2013 12:11 AM

    Ted Thompson is such a great fella come draft day, Yes, he drives us Packer fans nuts during free agency, but the man constantly finds value in every single round of the draft. He is like the guy everyone hates at the poker table because he is always pulling aces out of his sleeve. I really like the Jones pick. “597″ has been the motto this offseason in Green Bay. That would be the total amount of offensive yards posted by San Fran in our playoff loss this past season. Jones is a hybrid DE that can play LB and can cover. He is 280 and is super explosive. Ran a 4.6 40. Add last years first rounder, Nick Perry, to the defense and we should be able to handle the read option. That is what we want to be able to handle. Our coaching staff spent 2 weeks at Texas A and M this offseason for a coaching clinc on the Read Option and how to defend it. Perry is 270 and ran a 4.4 or a 4.5. So we have some very young talent. The line rotation now with Jones, and last years pick, Worthy, brings youth as well. We are slowly but surely getting the defense up to par with the offense…BUT we are still miles away. We HAVE to figure out the void left when Nick Collins was injured. That was a devestating loss to our team. Lacy is going to be a heck of a nice compliment to a pass happy squad. Last year Harris really stepped up and flash the ability to move the chains. He can catch the rock out of the back field as well. Our coaching staff is extremely creative and will find ways to get Harris involved with the arrival of Lacy. With Lacy we get a down hill runner who addresses a big need, and HOPEFULLY fulfills the high ceiling of potential he brings to the team. He seems like a great character guy. Research him and learn his story. His family lost EVERYTHING in Katrina…and that is when he and his family say that you could see he started to run “angry”. Last year was a pretty decent year for him in the regular season…but what I saw that I really liked was that he really came on in the big games. You could see him get comfortable and finally explode onto the national scene in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia. Then in the National Championship Game against Notre Dame he only got better! He was named MVP of the game. Those final two performaces were the biggest games of his life and it looked like he came into those games and stepped up! Hopefully the challenge of the NFL provides another opportunity for him to step up and get better. Going into Saturday we have TEN total picks! So Teddy Thompson is going to be busy working his magic. Heck if Barkley continues to free fall..as i look at this list of teams, I dont see a team in need of Barkley’s services. I dont see a team that will draft him with the chance of being an immediate starter unless Jacksonville, or the Browns get in the mix. If he hits our second pick in the 4th round…i think it would be a tremendous value to back up Rodgers, the man we just invested $110mil over 5 years into. Maybe he does well in pre-season and we trade him to a qb needy team in 2-3 years for a second rounder? Just a thought. Makes sense to me! Looking forward to tomorrow! Thompson is killing it! Great draft for the Pack! Go Pack Go!

  62. mudhead123 says: Apr 27, 2013 12:17 AM

    But but but he is from the SEC

  63. johnnyb216 says: Apr 27, 2013 12:29 AM

    Contra, you do know the Vikings practice in a pole shed don’t you?

  64. chase70 says: Apr 27, 2013 12:37 AM

    He had a bad pro day so that hurt his stock.. Rumor has it he has trouble with his weight and did not look fast at all.

  65. shlort says: Apr 27, 2013 12:41 AM

    I was mad when the Packers passed on Lacy in round one. Lacy is a perfect fit for Green Bay. He can pound the rock. He’s not a top tier, elite type guy like AP or anything, but he has some moves and is explosive in the hole. That should provide a running game, and that running game will open up the passing attack. Green Bay will have the ability to control the clock and not have to get into shootouts every time they play an equally potent team. Lacy is going to be a stud in the NFL. Especially playing with a chip on his shoulder. I am thinking Lacy thought he was a 1st round pick.

  66. tokyosanbblaster says: Apr 27, 2013 12:44 AM

    As I have said, I am right more than I am wrong, and I say this kid was not only the best player available, but he seems genuine and has kind of a sweet demeanor. I think he’s gonna be good, and he’s thoughtful – I like that.

  67. shlort says: Apr 27, 2013 12:45 AM

    fartweasle. The Packes having Lacy will help their D. The Packers Defense spent way too much time on the field last season. That is what happened to them. No team had to respect the run and they could play cover 2 all day and keep GB off the field. A rested D will be like the one GB fielded in 2010. Time will prove you wrong. A little understanding about a team you want to bash would at least lead you down a path to an intelligent debate on the issue.

  68. tone360 says: Apr 27, 2013 1:05 AM

    Weaksauce

  69. mazblast says: Apr 27, 2013 1:25 AM

    ososrule says: Apr 26, 2013 8:47 PM

    Fart! Packers fans all have downs syndrome!
    ————————————–
    And 3/4 of “osos” is SOS.

  70. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 27, 2013 1:25 AM

    Lacy helps ensure that the Packers continue beating up on the Bears and Vikings twice per season just like they have for the past 3 years.

  71. tangysizzl says: Apr 27, 2013 4:00 AM

    Good value pick, Eddie Lacy has a good combination of speed and power and is pretty nimble for someone thats 230 Lbs. He can run you over or make you miss. IF he can stay healty hes gonna be a great addition to the Packers offense.

    2 Solid picks in 2 days with 10 picks to go, plus a good number of undrafted FAs will be added soon thereafter. Thats player aquisition Ted Thompson style.

  72. inyofaceagain says: Apr 27, 2013 5:54 AM

    I would take Adriam Peterson over Aaron Rodgers anyday

  73. nickynick04 says: Apr 27, 2013 6:46 AM

    The truth is the Vikings have never won a Super Bowl….
    need I say more

  74. locutus says: Apr 27, 2013 7:01 AM

    tokyosandblaster says: Apr 26, 2013 9:17 PM

    What’s funny:

    The drop off from Rodgers to Ponder is WAAAAAAY bigger than the dropoff from Peterson to Lacy.

    And yet they split last year’s games. In reality, the Vikes should have won both considering the one in Lamblow was given to them by Ponder. What exactly was your point again? Lol!

  75. graymalkin26 says: Apr 27, 2013 7:03 AM

    Packers suck!

  76. tlmoon2112 says: Apr 27, 2013 8:53 AM

    Lacy slid because he isn’t that talented. A midget could run for 5000 yards behind Saban’s beef for crying out loud.

  77. locutus says: Apr 27, 2013 9:14 AM

    nickynick04 says: Apr 27, 2013 6:46 AM

    The truth is the Vikings have never won a Super Bowl….
    need I say more

    I don’t believe it is a question of “needing” but rather if you are even capable of saying more.

  78. halbert53 says: Apr 27, 2013 9:28 AM

    Lacey doesn’t have the flashiness or name of a Mark Ingram or a Trent Richardson, but if you need a powerful bruising running back he’s better than them. He is great fit for teams like GB, Giants or Steelers.

  79. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 27, 2013 10:48 AM

    And how bout that Dave Robinson intro?

    He electrified the Radio City Music Hall audience

    “13 Time World Champion Green Bay Packers, more than any other team in the NFL…”

  80. otis52gsh says: Apr 27, 2013 12:22 PM

    Bears 1 Super Bowl win
    Packers 4 Super Bowl wins
    Vikings 0 Super Bowl wins
    Loins 0 Super Bowl wins
    Unless your a packers fan you have no bragging rights in the NFC North
    PEDerson won’t get 1500 this year.

  81. cusoman says: Apr 27, 2013 12:23 PM

    tokyosanbblaster says:
    Apr 27, 2013 12:44 AM
    As I have said, I am right more than I am wrong, and I say this kid was not only the best player available, but he seems genuine and has kind of a sweet demeanor. I think he’s gonna be good, and he’s thoughtful – I like that.

    —————————-

    You were flat out wrong when you said the Vikings would be in the cellar for years to come. And that’s pretty damn wrong.

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