Eddie Lacy has the right attitude.
Yes, he has an injured hamstring, but he’s not letting that put a damper on the upcoming NFL Draft. Lacy understands that he can only go as fast as the recovery process will allow, which is why he appeared calm and confident when reporters asked him about his health at Alabama’s Pro Day Wednesday.
“It is frustrating, but at the end of the day, there’s nothing you can do but rehab and get better for next time,” said Lacy, who hurt his hamstring running a practice 40-yard dash while preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine (which he was unable to participate in).
Lacy would not put a percentage on how healthy he is, but hopes to workout in front of NFL scouts in a few weeks when Alabama holds another Pro Day before April’s draft. Several other Crimson Tide players who did not work out Wednesday either, like defensive ends Quinton Dial (toe) and Damion Square (knee) and center Barrett Jones (foot), also hope to workout at a later date.
Last year Alabama held two Pro Days to accommodate running back Trent Richardson and defensive end Courtney Upshaw who were recovering from injuries.
Lacy, who nursed several nagging injuries throughout the season, told reporters in January that the only time he felt 100 percent was during the national title game when he rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown. The running back, who opted to head to the NFL early and forgo his senior season, is projected by many analysts as a second-round pick, although ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. currently has him going to the Green Bay Packers with the 26th overall pick.
“I’m not concerned about it at all,” Lacy said when asked if he pays attention to draft predictions. “NFL coaches like you because of what you do in games and what you do in big stadiums…This is just something that you want to receive glowing evaluations, but at the end of the day somebody takes you.”
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