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Packers have needs; is Alabama RB Lacy the pick?

Published On: Apr 23 2013 07:14:29 AM CDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. -

Still among the NFL's elite, the Green Bay Packers have more positions than usual that could use an upgrade in the draft.

Perhaps they'll even buck tradition by taking a running back in the first round.

Alabama's Eddie Lacy is the only RB prospect projected to be worth Green Bay's first selection, the 26th overall pick, but he's a good one. The powerful Lacy has had injury problems and lacks top-level speed, but he rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns for the national champion Crimson Tide last season.

The Packers haven't taken a running back in the first round since Darrell Thompson in 1990.

Safeties, defensive tackles and offensive tackles could also entice them in the early rounds. They have eight selections total.

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