Running Back — Isaiah Pead (23); Zac Stacy (22); Daryl Richardson (23); Terrance Ganaway (24)
The Rams are extremely young at RB. The rock of this franchise for years has been Steven Jackson, and now he’s gone to the Atlanta Falcons. Without Jackson, the Rams’ running game could take a big hit. It still wouldn’t surprise me to see them show interest in a veteran RB closer to training camp or the pre-season, but the group they have certainly doesn’t lack for talent.
Isaiah Pead will start the season with a suspension stemming from being arrested for marijuana back in 2012. He will be back for week two, and is expected to be the top back for the Rams as of right now, but there are some other names to keep an eye out for.
Rookie Zac Stacy is a grinder, and has a bit of an Alfred Morris type of feel to him. With the expectation that this Rams offense will break out, some running back is going to see the bulk of carries. Many expected the Rams to look for a power back earlier in the draft, but they waited until the fifth round to grab Stacy, who was extremely productive in the SEC at Vanderbilt. He is a guy that a lot of people think could break out even as a rookie.
Daryl Richardson is the team’s returning leader in rushing attempts and yards, but the Rams don’t have a running back on the roster who scored a touchdown in 2012. Richardson showed some flashes as a rookie, rushing for 475 yards on 98 carries, but he’s projected right now as the third back in St. Louis.
This unit might not have anyone drafted unless someone in your league reaches for either Pead or Stacy. My money right now is on Stacy as the full time back for this team.