Rams select Cincinnati speedster Pead with 50th pick

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The St. Louis Rams have been searching for a change-of-pace back to complement Steven Jackson for quite awhile. With the 50th pick in this year’s draft, they got one in Cincinnati tailback Isaiah Pead.

Pead goes just 5-foot-10, 197, so he’s built like Bengals backup Bernard Scott. But Pead possesses 4.44 straight-line speed and averaged over 6.0 yards per carry in his college career. Pead also possesses punt return value.

Pead earned Big East Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2011. He should help take some of the load off of the aging Jackson in new coach Jeff Fisher’s run-first attack.