Los Angeles Rams: 15 best first-round draft picks of all-time

Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images) /

Back in 2004, the Rams decided to use a first-round pick on Oregon State running back Steven Jackson. The move was made so the running back could one day be the successor to Marshall Faulk, which is a difficult task for any individual to take on. Faulk was one of the most dynamic multi-purpose tailbacks in NFL history with the Rams and Indianapolis Colts.

Thanks to an impressive career at Oregon State, the Rams believed Jackson would be worth trading up for at No. 24 to land him. While his rookie numbers were decent, it was in his sophomore campaign in 2005 where things really started to take off for Jackson.

From there, Jackson would prove to be an absolute workhorse at the NFL level by breaking the 1,000-yard rushing mark eight seasons in a row from 2005 to 2012.

As mentioned before, one can only imagine how difficult it was for the Rams when the time came to replace Jackson with Faulk since all good things must come to an end at some point. That being said, this was the right decision when looking at the numbers Jackson put up during his prime with the Rams.

Things between Jackson and the Rams may not have ended on a positive note after he decided to opt out of his contract before the 2013 season before joining the Atlanta Falcons in free agency. At least he will always be considered a fan favorite by the home team.