The Alabama Crimson Tide football team has set the standard for college football as of late by winning three of the last four BCS National Championship games. They've done it with tough defense, big offensive lines and a game-managing quarterback, but most of all, with elite-level running backs. First, it was Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. Next it was now Browns star back Trent Richardson. Next, it could be Eddie Lacy, who ran for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012, including 140 yards and a touchdown, along with a receiving touchdown in the team's National Championship win over Notre Dame.

Lacy, an underclassman, has declared for the draft and has become one of the more popular running back prospects. He not only has good size for an NFL back, but seems to have above average top-end speed once he gets to the second level. He is good at making guys miss, both my running through and around them, and he seems to be decent in pass protection as well.

ESPN has him ranked as their No. 2 running back prospect after North Carolina's Giovani Bernard. Typically, the Bengals have zero luck when it comes to drafting a running back in the first round. Chris Perry is no longer in the NFL and Ki-Jana Carter obviously didn't work out. Could the Bengals use their first-round pick on a running back in 2013? They've expressed their desire for a game-changing back and not just one that will complement current running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but one who can take over for Green-Ellis should the need arise. A running back like that would likely need to be taken within the first two, or possibly three rounds.