October 27, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore (21) rushes for a touchdown against the Tennessee Volunteers in the first half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

2013 St. Louis Rams Draft Preview: Eddie Lacy or Marcus Lattimore


 

When Steven Jackson left St. Louis, Rams fans collectively held their breath; wondering what would happen next. Would the Rams address the hole in Free Agency, or is the answer in-house? In my opinion, the answer is neither. The answer is in the 2013 NFL Draft. Who should the Rams choose to replace Jackson in the Rams lineup?  Well, I’m glad you asked… Eddie Lacy from Alabama, or Marcus Lattimore from South Carolina.

Lets look at Eddie Lacy first. In 2012, Lacy rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns, along with catching another two touchdowns. He has a similar running style to that of Steven Jackson, but also has a dash of athleticism that Jackson lacks. The Alabama alumn can juke, jive, and spin his way into the end-zone and open field without breaking stride or losing any speed. Lacy did have some hamstring problems early in the off-season, which limited his NFL workouts and kept him out of the NFL Combine; but, at this moment Lacy has hinted that he is ready to show his skills.

Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Eddie Lacy (42) runs the ball against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The other option would be South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore. Now I know what you’re thinking, why take a running back coming off a horrendous knee injury… well, two horrendous knee injuries?  I’ll tell you why. During Lattimore’s Pro Day, after he finished working out for representatives of all 32 teams, everyone burst into applause. Lattimore has lofty potential, and has shown he is fully recovered from the ACL injury he suffered in the October 27th game vs. Tennessee. In 2012, before getting hurt, Lattimore rushed for 662 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is a versatile back, and can also catch passes out of the backfield. His athleticism is above average, and he has speed elite. Lattimore’s representatives have said that he has a workout day scheduled for the Rams in the next month.

Both running backs could be realistic options for the Rams to draft. Pead, Richardson, and Ganaway combined, never found the end-zone in the 2012 season. Lacy would be a great red-zone back, and Lattimore, I believe he can do it all. It should be interesting to see where the Rams look for rushing help.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.casciani Alex Casciani

    they never reached the end zone b/c jackson got the bulk of those chances… richardson did finish with a superb average/carry ratio

    • Nathan Kearns

      Well, to be fair, Jackson never really reached the end zone either. The point is, we don’t, and haven’t had a back that can reliably take 25+ carries per game AND break away to get in the end zone. Jackson might have been that man a couple of years ago, but being wasting in St. Louis Rams mediocrity stripped him of that Peterson-esque burst to finish out runs.

      I believe Daryl Richardson possesses that type of playmaking ability, but have substantial doubt that he would be able to handle 250 carries/season. Lacy or Lattimore both bring a big, productive body to the backfield, one that can take the 3rd and short/goal line rushes and leave Richardson’s legs fresh to work do his magic!

      Just my thoughts…

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.estrada.526 Anthony Estrada

    I think Lattimore will be the best bet here. If we want lacy, we would have to spend one of our early picks in the draft for him. Lattimore is likely to fall to the 3-4 round in the draft. Lattimore is more versatile when it comes to blocking and catching. Lacy is a good back, but if we have to use one of our first 3 picks to get him, I dont think it is worth is since we have more important needs to fill. I think we should address the WR, SS and OG with our first 3 picks