The Los Angeles Rams traded back up to the No. 70 pick in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft to select Darrell Henderson to compliment Todd Gurley in the backfield.
With the 2019 NFL Draft in full swing, one of the biggest topics of discussion in regards to the Los Angeles Rams is how the team decided to use a third-round pick on Darrell Henderson, despite already having Todd Gurley at running back.
After seeing how things played out in the winter with Gurley’s knee becoming an issue during the NFC Championship and Super Bowl, there have been concerns over whether the Pro Bowl running back will look like his usual self in 2019.
Despite the lack of updates from the organization at first, it was eventually revealed that Gurley was dealing with arthritis in his one knee, and while Los Angeles continues to claim that he’ll be ready to go for the regular season, there are no guarantees with this kind of injury.
Right when the selection for Henderson was made, the immediate assumption was the Memphis standout was coming on board as an insurance policy to Gurley, which very well may still be the case.
However, instead of taking a somewhat negative approach over how the selection of Henderson was made due to concerns with Gurley, Rams fans should look at the positives surrounding the situation, such as the potential for this new dynamic duo in the backfield.
Henderson earning consideration for being a top running back in this year’s draft class didn’t happen on accident after he finished his career with the Tigers in one of the best ways possible by rushing for 1,909 yards to go along with 22 touchdowns.
These numbers may not be realistic for Henderson in the NFL, but just the fact that he’s proven to be this kind of a powerful running back could result in the Rams having a solid No. 2 running back to take some of the extra pressure off Gurley.
Never in a million years could anyone have imagined a few months ago that Los Angeles of all teams would use one of their top picks in the draft on a running back like Henderson, but Les Snead and company always seem to know what they’re doing.
As long as Henderson contributes the right way to help the Rams earn another trip to the Super Bowl, this is all that really matters the most for Los Angeles.