Even though the Los Angeles Rams have to wait until Day 2 for their first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, finding a reliable backup to Todd Gurley should be considered a possibility.
As the Los Angeles Rams prepare for Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft, the team will have to wait until the third round at No. 87 before making their first pick, as a result of trades from the previous two seasons. From linebacker to offensive line, it will be interesting to see which direction the Rams end up taking when they finally hear their name called on the clock, but the one position that could come as a surprise may be the running back position.
Obviously, Todd Gurley isn’t going anywhere when looking at how the Los Angeles star is coming off the best season of his career in which he finished second in the MVP voting to Tom Brady. However, when looking at the team’s situation when it comes to backup running back, it really wouldn’t come as a surprise at all if the Rams decided to take advantage by selecting one of the running backs still available in the middle rounds.
Between Malcolm Brown looking to make a case for a roster spot in training camp along with Tavon Austin being used from time to time, it’s obvious that Los Angeles doesn’t exactly have the best situation at the moment when it comes to a reliable backup for Gurley. So if the fit seems right with one of their later picks, selecting a running back to help take some of that pressure off the MVP runner-up could work wonders for a team like the Rams in 2018.
Even a workhorse like Gurley needs a break every once in a while since the last thing Los Angeles wants to do is overwork their star running back by giving him more carries than he can handle. After enjoying all of the other teams keep busy on Thursday in the first round, the Rams are expected to be quite busy between Friday and Saturday when it comes to all of their draft picks. Whether one of those picks will be used as a backup running back, only time will tell for Los Angeles, as they will certainly consider the possibility if it will help increase their odds of winning a Super Bowl.