Running back is a position that is widely considered to be losing value in today’s NFL where things are so spread out and catered toward a wide open passing attack in terms of the rules. For a team like the St. Louis Rams, however, that just lost their near decade long starting tailback in future Hall of Famer Steven Jackson this offseason, the position still holds plenty of merit. For them, it is certainly advantageous that other teams around the league are less focused on finding a ball carrier for the future this offseason. Here is a name that could wind up with the Rams in the perfect world.
Eddie Lacy, Running Back
One attribute that is uncommon for a back fresh out of college is patience. With Lacy, that certainly won’t be an issue as he allows his blocks to set up being bursting through the hole with decisiveness. His power is evident in watching any film on him and he always seems to fall forward at the end of runs whether he is going up against a defensive back or a defensive lineman. For his size, Lacy is light on his feet and displays some great open field moves and elusiveness to evade oncoming tacklers. He runs with a low pad level and delivers the blow rather than absorbing it on contact.
It’s hard to poke holes in Lacy’s game, but sometimes it almost seems like he is seeking out contact. His decision making when running isn’t always the best as he does tend to try for the big play rather than just taking what a defense gives him. A hamstring injury prevented him from working out at the Combine and injuries in general are certainly a concern with his future. Scouts have been getting somewhat unnerved by his unwillingness to run prior to the draft due to his ailing hammy as they feel he just doesn’t want to record a less than stellar time. Straight line speed is certainly a concern as Lacy has never really shown a penchant for having that second gear.
WHY DOES HE FIT?
The obvious answer here is the loss of S-Jax in the offseason, but the Rams do have two young backs in Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead on the depth chart. While he may not warrant a first round pick, if Lacy somehow slipped through the cracks and found his way to the Rams midway through round two, it wouldn’t take long for them to make the pick. His physical running style would be the ideal complement for the two backs already on the depth chart. He is a near SJ39 look-alike too with his running style and body type.
The Rams have officially scheduled a pre-draft visit with Lacy which certainly suggests there is at least some interest in bringing him to St. Louis. While he may not be on the radar in the first round, if Lacy somehow slips through round one and into the early part of the second, don’t be surprised if General Manager Les Snead makes a play to move up and snag him.