5-10/177 Oklahoma State
Pros: Scrappy guy with good ability as a press corner. Has nice ball skills with decent hips and burst. Capable in run support and not afraid to thump a receiver. Has pretty good speed.
Cons: Not explosive out of his breaks, and struggles with the deep ball. Gives up too much cushion at times. Can get caught looking in backfield and out of position. Needs to improve awareness in zone. Hits more than he wraps as a tackler.
Overview: He's not your classic press corner from the looks of him, but plays bigger than he is and is not going to shy away from a challenge. Lacey was often challenged with taking on the opponent's top receiver, and welcomed the challenge. He was a three-year starter.
NFL Forecast: Probably won't be a starter, unless he plays in in a press, Cover-2 scheme. But Lacey is the type of guy that you love to have as your nickel corner because he's not going to back down to anyone. Even if he does start, don't expect him to be great, but just a serviceable starter. Instead, if you expect him to solidify the nickel spot, then you should get good return on your investment. He is the type of guy that I could see playing a long time in the NFL, but getting few starting opportunities. Think like Terrell Buckley in his later years. I think he could work well on a team like the Eagles.
ATL Forecast: Lacey could work in Atlanta as a nickel cornerback, but that's probably all he'd be able to do. Atlanta probably wouldn't be the best place for him, and all you could expect of him is to be a decent option at the No. 3 or No. 4 cornerback spot. He probably wouldn't do much over the course of his rookie contract to be retained, unless he managed to be a solid special teams player.
Value: Lacey is worth a late round pick, with the fifth round probably being the earliest he should go off the board.
Scouting Reports of cornerbacks in the 2009 NFL draft.
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