With Ahmad Bradshaw no longer on the New York Giants roster, their running back position is looking thin and inexperienced. The top two running backs that will be competing for the starting spot are David Wilson and Andrew Brown, while Ryan Torain, Greg Lumpkin and Da’rel Scott will be competing for some snaps.
With their running back situation at hand it’s safe to say that Big Blue are in the market for a new running back. With the NFL draft right around the corner, the Giants will have to look for a talented RB to add to the roster.
Let’s take a look at the running back from Alabama, Eddie Lacy.
The 5’11”, 235-pound running back isn’t a burner, but he is a bruiser. He showed what he is capable of, even when Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson were on the team. Lacy improved his numbers as he got more opportunities through his career in Alabama.
Lacy ran for 406 yards in 2010, 674 yards in 2011 (averaging 7.1 yards per carry), and 1,322 yards with 17 touchdowns in 2012.
Eddie Lacy has the perfect build to be a power back, and will be a great addition to a Giants team that is thin at running back. Lacy has good foot work and always keeps them moving while waiting for lanes and gaps—making him very quick to move from gap to gap. He has good vision, keeping his eyes downfield at all times to exploit any possible openings. Lacy is a very powerful runner who will bounce off tackles, bull and spin his way for additional yardage.
The running back is also a strong blocker who will square up and sustain his protection. Lacy can also be effective on quick screens and swing passes, and due to his quickness he can evade defenders to get to the open field.
His style makes him an ideal power back but maybe not a full-time back. Lacy lacks the speed outside the numbers and in the open field, but his skills and size can at least help the Giants out if in the rotation.
Obviously the Giants aren’t going running back in the first round, but if he is available in the later rounds, they should strongly consider Lacy.