With the NFL draft’s No. 2 overall pick, St. Louis was expected to decide between USC tackle Matt Kalil and Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon until Friday night’s trade with the Redskins. The Rams have now dropped down to No. 6, potentially costing them a shot at both players.
So who are they targeting now?
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, multiple sources inside and outside of Rams Park say the team thinks “very highly” of Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Many people around the league regard Richardson as a “special talent.”
The Rams, of course, need a roster overhaul. Spending the No. 6 pick on a running back, widely viewed as one of the least valued positions in football, might not be an ideal strategy for a rebuilding team. And the Rams most certainly view themselves as a rebuilding team. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have traded away a top-two pick for four lower ones.
But new coach Jeff Fisher has a long history of run-first offenses, and pairing Richardson with incumbent starter Steven Jackson would give St. Louis a potentially lethal one-two backfield punch. It’s something to think about.