Round 6: Pick 212
With the 212th pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams select Brian Robinson Jr., RB, from the University of Alabama. It was quite clear from the 2021 NFL season that the LA Rams are not quite set at the running back position, particularly if the team does not extend Sony Michel.
The LA Rams will be looking at a backfield that boasts Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson Jr., and Jake Funk. Even if the team adds Xavier Jones and/or Raymond Calais, the entire running back group will be coming back from major injuries that have no doubt taken their toll on one if not more players. That’s a whole lot of question marks packed into the running back room.
Power Rams RB
Robinson is an ideal solution. He stands 6-foot-1 and weighs a solid 228 pounds. He has the ability to fill a versatile multi-tasked role in this offense and even on special teams. He has the right size and power to be simply a dangerous north-south running back that we saw is quite effective. Robinson is a reset of a fresh set of legs with the potential to put up well over 1000 yards on the ground.
But he is more than that. He has the ability to be just as dangerous in the passing game. In 12 games, he caught 32 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns. He can do much more with more targets. And he has the size that allows an offense to line him up in any number of positions, increasing his value as a player who can attack defenses from practically any spot.
But he also has experience in the return game on special teams. We know what a nightmare the Rams experienced in 2021 by not settling in on a durable returner. That would come back to haunt the team throughout the season. Robinson is gifted enough to serve multiple roles on the team. Much like any power running back, the more he runs, the better he runs.