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By Kevin Fishbain

INDIANAPOLIS — Alabama RB Eddie Lacy has a hamstring injury, which will keep him out of the drills during the NFL Scouting Combine.

Maybe that’s why he seemed so relaxed in his media session.

PFW’s top-ranked running back had some laughs with reporters on Friday in Indianapolis as he prepares to continue the tradition of Alabama running backs going in the first round.

“That’s always an advantage because you didn’t get as banged up as some of those other guys who got carries week in and week out,” Lacy said about having to wait behind RBs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.

Asked how the former Crimson Tide backs have helped Lacy along, he joked, “They didn’t tell me how long (the process) was.”

Lacy’s aware that his 20-140-1 rushing performance in the BCS title game improved his stock.

“I feel as though it helped it rise a lot. If I wouldn’t have done so good, I don’t know if I would be in the position I would be in now,” he said.

Some players at the Combine discuss the desire to be a top pick, or the top player at a position. Lacy did neither.

“It’s a good feeling, but I’m just happy to be here,” he said when asked about being considered the top back on the board.

Lacy entered 2012 with only 151 carries under his belt. He rushed the ball 204 times last season for 1,322 yards and has no regrets leaving a year early.

“I was there for four years. After a while, you can’t take as many licks,” he said. “As a running back, you don’t have that many years to take. At a school like Alabama, you get talent year in and year out.”

Lacy is considered one of the few “complete” rushers in this draft, with the speed and size to be a bellcow back.

“Being able to be a powerful runner if I need to, or an agile one to make people miss,” Lacy said of his strengths. “With my size, being able to be agile, that’s key.”

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