Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 4/26/13
GREEN BAY, Wis. The Packers' running game got the huge boost it needed in the second round of the NFL Draft. After trading back six spots to No. 61, Green Bay selected Alabama running back Eddie Lacy. He was considered the top running back in this year's class by many draft experts, but he continued to slide down the board before the Packers finally took him. Lacy, at 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds, started all 14 games as a junior in 2012 and rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns to help Alabama win the national championship. In Ted Thompson's first eight years as Green Bay's general manager, the highest he had ever drafted a running back was Brandon Jackson at No. 63 in 2007. With Lacy's talent and college production, though, it appears there were more than enough reasons for Thompson to make this selection. Lacy will have to prove himself worthy of becoming the Packers' starting running back, but Green Bay hasn't had a consistent player in the backfield since Ryan Grant rushed for 1,253 yards in 2009. Last season, Alex Green led the Packers in rushing with only 464 yards. Follow Paul Imig on Twitter.
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