LA Rams grab a burly linebacker in the 2021 NFL Draft: Mock Draft 2.1

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LA Rams mock draft 2021 NFL Draft
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Rhamondre Stevenson, OU, RB

The Rams might be a running back down with Malcolm Brown reportedly going to walk this free agency. With Cam Akers as the main back in the stable, and Darrell Henderson as the change of pace back, the Rams will need to find a new power back for their stable. Rhamondre Stevenson can fill that role.

Stevenson isn’t a feature back only having 1,100 yards in two seasons in college before declaring for the NFL after his sophomore season. That like of production plus declaring so soon in your college career definitely hurt his draft stock. It also means he has a lot of tread remaining on the tires.

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While 6-foot-0 is not exactly short it’s still smaller than the average NFL player and he plays like it. His height, or lack of, allows him to play with a lower sense of gravity. Stevenson uses that to his advantage.

Watching Stevenson run is like watching pinball. He bounces off defenders frequently to gain extra yards. The potential is there and he finished with an 8.0-yard rushing average his final season.

It’s that second effort to gain yards that makes Stevenson a promising prospect. He will fight for extra yards. He has a nice ability to fight off arm tackles and he has a nice stiff arm to create push defenders off. He is the definition of a bruiser back.

A comp player for Stevenson is former Ram and Bronco C.J. Anderson. When Todd Gurley couldn’t carry the load in 2018 Anderson did a great job as a relief bruiser back. Expect Stevenson to do the same for Akers.