Bears don’t need him, but Packers could go after top RB Eddie Lacy
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org April 23, 2013 8:42PM
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The Bears likely will keep an eye on running backs in the draft, but not because they need or even want one. It’s because of the Green Bay Packers.
With Matt Forte and Michael Bush in place, the only concern is who the Packers take to fill their hole in the backfield. The Packers’ inability to run the ball and reliance on quarterback Aaron Rodgers have prevented them from fielding a complete offense.
It’s a good thing that this year’s class isn’t stocked with game-changing running backs. Bears general manager Phil Emery called the group “average.”
Alabama’s Eddie Lacy, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard, UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin and Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell are considered the top five.
All of them could be available after the first day.
“I know [NFL teams] pass the ball a lot, but at the same time, having a guy who can run the ball a lot benefits your offense,” Lacy said at the NFL combine. “In short-yardage plays, you can’t really throw the ball when it’d be easier to run it. If you have that running back, it’s not a problem.”
Lacy figures to be the first running back taken. After all, he left the best impression. He had a monstrous game in Alabama’s 42-14 rout of Notre Dame in the national- title game, running for 140 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. He also caught a touchdown pass.
“It was just a mind-set,” Lacy said. “As an offense, we came out, we heard about their defense up until that game. So we wanted to make our own statement. We wanted to come out and dominate, and we were able to do that.”
Would he like to go to Green Bay, who has the No. 26 pick?
“I’d like that but wherever I go, I’d like that, too,” Lacy said. “That wouldn’t be too bad.”
How would he help the Packers?
“I feel as though [opposing defenses] wouldn’t just be able to spread the field out,” Lacy said. “They’d have to actually have to defend the run as well. If Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback, you’re not going to put nine guys in the box. So it’ll kind of balance out.”