The Rams are quite the passing team now. Even after Billy Devaney all but promised to find help in the running game for Steven Jackson in the draft, the Rams have 'passed' on backs over and over, draft after draft.
Last year, the Rams got leapfrogged by Detroit for Jahvid Best at the tail end of the first round. The year before, the Jets nabbed Shonn Greene out from under Billy Devaney's nose. This year, with massive depth available at the position, would be different, right? We almost couldn't miss, right?
Fast forward to the fifth round, after drafting sure-handed pass-catchers in rounds two-through four. Billy Devaney had Jacquizz Rodgers -- an Oregon State alum who met with Steven Jackson's seal of approval -- all lined up and ready to draft.
Instead, the Rams traded out of the spot, handing Quizz to the Falcons while accepting an extra 7th round pick in return. Then as Rams fans lined up with their picks of the best remaining rushers -- notably Jordan Todman, Da'Rel Scott, and Anthony Allen -- the Rams simply kept passing, passing, passing them by. I guess you could say it's becoming a theme.
@RamsHerd They have a couple of veteran FA running backs on radar, Devaney told me. Who? I don't know.
Given the way the tail end of the draft wound up, the hope of free agency now offers the only salve to Rams fans, and the holes on the roster (OLB and OG, in addition to the RB spot) that are seen as still unaddressed. Here's how the rest of the haul stacks up: