Ironically, Faulk was selected Thursday to announce St. Louis’ second round pick this year and could be calling for Jackson’s eventual replacement when the Rams turn in their choice.
Despite rushing for over 1,200 yards and six touchdowns last season, Rams GM Billy Devaney made it clear they are looking for someone to spell Jackson in the increasingly running-back-by-committee NFL. This draft is rife with talented backs; here is a look at five prospects that could be selections for the Rams:
Mark Ingram, Alabama 5-9, 215 pounds
Ingram is regarded by most as the best prospect at running back in the draft this year and dominated at Alabama. He reportedly visited the Rams earlier in the offseason and has been mentioned at 14 if they miss out on Julio Jones.
There are questions about a knee injury and he isn’t particularly shifty or fast, but he never shies away from contact and has been compared to Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith for his field vision. Ingram also won the Heisman Trophy and a National Championship in 2009 after rushing for almost 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns in the brutal SEC.
His projected draft slot is a little high for me and the Rams have other more pressing needs to fill but Ingram would add instant power to the offense and would be a nightmare one-two punch along with S-Jax for opposing defenses.
[Note: fellow RamsHerd writer Maurice Walker offered a full exploration of the case for and against picking Mark Ingram this weekend.]
Mikel Leshoure, Illinois 6-0, 227 pounds
Leshoure is a bigger back and runs with the same style and physicality as Jackson. He doesn’t have elite speed or elusiveness but is regarded for his pass blocking. He has the ability to catch the ball, though was little utilized as a receiver at Illinois.
After rushing for 1,697 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, He could become a multi-dimensional weapon for Sam Bradford and could be available when the Rams are making their second round pick.
[Note: Leshoure was the pick of the Rams War Room in MockThree, and fellow RamsHerd writer Tim Shields makes his case for the pick.]