The LA Rams must fill the 90 man roster. Between the 2020 NFL Draft and UDFA signings, the Rams could easily add up to three running backs this year
Nature abhors a vacuum. But then again, so does LA Rams‘ general manager Les Snead, particularly in the off-season period where the team is adding players to build the 90-man roster. So it goes with a team who had just released one of the best running backs to play the game for the past six years with no compensation. There will be no individual to replace that of Todd Gurley. But there will be substitutions.
The Rams have been left with running backs Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson, and John Kelly. Between all three rushers, they had 111 carries total for 411 yards. That’s not very much for the entire offensive backfield going into the 2020 NFL Season.
In our latest Mock Draft 7.0, the team is projected to call out the name of two running backs: Zack Moss of the Utah Utes, and AJ Dillon of the Boston College Eagles. But even if the Rams do draft two running backs in the 2020 NFL Draft, I would not expect the team to stop there.
After all, the Rams’ new offense is not quite defined. The team has a new offensive coordinator in Kevin O’Connell and a new running backs coach in Thomas Brown. The most number of changes on the team’s offense will likely impact the running back position. While the team brings back three rushers from the 2019 offense, not one of the three played a major role in last year’s offense
The LA Rams could reinforce the offense even further by signing the University of Washington Huskies’ speedster running back Salvon Ahmed as a priority UDFA after the 2020 NFL Draft. The Rams could also address the fullback position after the NFL Draft, potentially with the signing of Nevada’s fullback Kellen Moore, or North Texas standout fullback Kelvin Smith.
And of course, there are running backs who excel in the passing game as well, or who excel as blockers, or even who will contribute on special teams. The Rams are currently at just 61 players and will add seven more from the 2020 NFL Draft. That leaves 22 UDFA slots available for the team to get to the 90 man offseason limit.
Which positions will make up those 22 UDFA slots? Well, it’s a good guess to add running back to the mix, even if for just one or two players. Right now, everyone is guessing a bit as to what the Rams 2020 offense will look like. But if the clues are correct, the Rams will feature two tight ends and fullback on the offense in 2020.