II - RB Isaiah Pead
With the 50th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the LA Rams select running back Isaiah Pead from the University of Cincinnati. While the Saint Louis Rams under head coach Jeff Fisher had a strong rushing offense, that came without much of a contribution from Pead.
The LA Rams loved to run the football for Coach Fisher, and the offense was powered by the piston driven legs of RB Steven Jackson. The 5-foot-10 197-pound Pead was drafted to share some of the offensive burden, but that never happened. Instead, Rams running back Darryl Richardson, selected with the 252nd selection in the 2012 NFL draft, jumped over Pead on the depth chart and was the Rams second leading rusher.
Pead was suspended for one game. the season opener to the 2013 NFL season. But his bad luck had only just begun. In 2014, he suffered a season-ending ACL injury. In 2015, he would carry the football just two times for three yards before the Rams waived him. Pead would try to salvage his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins in 2016, to no avail. He was released by the Dolphins in October 2016, and, although trying out for several more NFL teams, was not signed to another contract.
His story continues in even more tragedy, as a nearly fatal traffic accident that happened late in 2016 resulted in him losing a leg. But in an article written for The Player's Tribune, he seemed to have come to peace with his fate.