Lacy played 15 games in 2015 but was bothered by ankle and groin injuries for most of the year. His numbers took a big hit as a result Lacy’s yards per attempt dropped to 4.1 and he scored just five touchdowns all season. He also failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark, eventually settling into a backfield committee with James Starks.
After the season, Lacy’s weight became a talking point once again, this time with head coach Mike McCarthy explicitly calling him out on it. Eddie Lacy has a lot of work to do, McCarthy told Packers.com. I think I’m stating the obvious. His offseason last season was not good enough. He has to get it done. He cannot play at the weight he did this year.
Lacy got the message and set about shedding pounds that offseason, even taking up P90X training. The results were pretty convincing, to say the least. Looking leaner and more spry than ever, Lacy had a hot start to the 2016 season, rushing for 360 yards and averaging 5.1 yards per carry in the first five games. Unfortunately, he picked up another ankle injury that required surgery, shutting down his season early.
Verrett is kind of in the same boat as Watkins: good-to-great player who simply can’t stay healthy for a long stretch. He missed 10 games in 2014 and two in 2015 with injuries, before a torn ACL ended his 2016 season after just four games. When he’s on the field, Verrett is easily the Chargers’ best cornerback, and he should form a strong duo with Casey Hayward if his recovery from knee surgery goes well. He does have a 2015 Pro Bowl appearance to his name.
The best name in the first round is also a pretty good safety. Clinton-Dix has been a fixture in Green Bay’s secondary, never missing a single game in three years and recording a career-high five interceptions last season. He’s the bright spot in a Packers defense that’s otherwise struggled with consistency.