Lacy hasn't been seen on the field in a competitive situation since steamrolling Notre Dame's vaunted defense in the 2012 national championship game. A strained hamstring rendered him to observer status at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and Alabama's pro day.
At the end of the season, Lacy was NFLDraftScout.com's top-ranked running back, but that doesn't guarantee him a spot in the first round ala Mark Ingram (2011) and Trent Richardson (2012), who preceded Lacy as starting tailbacks for crunch-and-munch Crimson Tide offense.
Scouts estimate Lacy's speed is in the high 4.5-, low 4.6-second range. If he proves those projections accurate, Lacy will garner attention in the bottom third of the round, not unlike Ingram and Steven Jackson, who was the top back drafted out of Oregon State (24th overall) in 2004 because of his height and upright running style.
Lacy (5-foot-11, 231 pounds) is more similar to Stephen Davis, the light-footed former Auburn running back with lateral agility who was strong enough to run through linebackers but could also dance in tight quarters to create his own lane.
He's an option for multiple teams in the top of the second round.