Tom Petty once sang that "the waiting is the hardest part."
Well, that's not the case with former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy.
Lacy held his pro day in Tuscaloosa on Thursday after missing Alabama's first pro day with a hamstring injury.
The reviews were mixed, to say the least.
He clocked 4.58 and 4.62 times in the 40-yard dash according to representatives of the Senior Bowl, which isn't terribly bad for the 5'11", 232-pounder. After all, he was never known for being a burner while playing for the Crimson Tide.
But what concerned some scouts was his conditioning—or lack thereof.
According to NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks, Lacy looked out of shape and didn't give maximum effort during the workout.
Disappointed in stamina and conditioning. Stopped twice during workout to catch breath. Didn't give maximum effort in drills. No finish.— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) April 11, 2013
Coaches cut the workout short due to his struggles. Only asked Lacy to do 3-4 cone drills, them spent the rest of day catching passes— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) April 11, 2013
Cause for concern for NFL teams?
Not really. At least it shouldn't be. After all, he is coming off an injury so he probably isn't in optimal playing shape.
Is that an excuse? Perhaps, but the performance isn't something that should be over-analyzed.
After all, Lacy's tape doesn't lie.
He rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns as the focal point of Alabama's offense in the toughest conference in America. In the SEC Championship Game, with a ticket to the BCS National Championship Game on the line, he rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, 87 of which came in the second half when everyone in the building knew what was coming.
Granted, Georgia's rush defense was awful last season (182.1 YPG). But Alabama was one-dimensional by design and it didn't matter.
Against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game, it was more of the same.
Lacy rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown against the nation's 11th-ranked rush defense, setting the tone for the game with 72 rushing yards in the first two drives of the game.
He's a big-time running back that showed up time and time again for the Crimson Tide in 2012, including in big games when everyone on the planet knew he was getting the ball.
If that doesn't impress NFL teams, I'm not sure what will.
Brooks doesn't think concerns about conditioning and effort will have a major impact on his draft stock.
Lacy is still the top rated RB on the board and likely to be taken at the bottom of the 1st round, but will need to be pushed hard as a pro— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) April 11, 2013
Good. A little motivation never hurt anyone.
Are pro days and combine mesaurables important? Yes, but they're only part of the equation.
What should stand out to NFL scouts more than scouting reports from his individual workouts is how he looked in his one full season as Alabama's No. 1 running back. He looked like an NFL-caliber running back in 2012, and if teams pass him over due to his measurables, they'll regret it.
Being pushed hard as a pro on top of his already-existing talent should make Lacy a very successful running back at the next level.
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