LA Rams: 2022 post-free agency Mock Draft

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With the 213th selection of the 2022 NFL Draft

In the sixth round, the LA Rams select

With the departure of Sony Michel, the LA Rams would be wise to add another running back, especially with the injury history of Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers still not playing an entire season after his Achilles injury.

Abram Smith is an excellent addition to the current running back room because he can fill in if either Henderson or Akers were to miss time again, and he can help both manage their workloads. Smith can take some third-down reps for Henderson and short-yardage reps for Akers.

Smith is a running back that converted to linebacker only to return to running back for his Baylor Bears. The excellent addition from that year at linebacker is he became an even more physical running back who embraces contact.

The combination of physicality and versatility in college allows the LA Rams to get creative in their deployment of Smith. His college career does, however, lead to some issues in his draft stock.

Abram Smith was a one-year wonder in college because of his lack of usage early and conversion to linebacker for one season. While he has versatility in playing running back, linebacker, and special teams, he played all three with the same smashmouth style.

Smith’s football is not pretty or well-refined, but he can bring a physicality to the game that is beneficial for the LA Rams as a whole. The trio of Smith, Darrell Henderson, and Cam Akers gives the LA Rams a running back room with the firepower to hold up their end of the offense.