10 worst Rams draft picks of LA Rams GM Les Snead's era

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Darrell Henderson Jr.
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VII - RB Darrell Henderson Jr.

With the 70th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, the LA Rams select running back Darrell Henderson Jr. from the University of Memphis. Running back Darrell Henderson Jr. was both a boon and a bane to the LA Rams roster, a running back who could easily churn out over 100 yards in electrifying player when healthy.

But he was too banged up and injury-prone to be reliable. And the LA Rams roster, carrying just two or three running backs, simply did not have the depth to afford Henderson that type of wiggle room. But this is one of those occasions where I believe the situation changed significantly for the LA Rams offense.

When the LA Rams chose the 5-foot-8 208-pound Memphis running back named Darrell Henderson Jr., the Rams roster simply needed a change-of-pace running back who could deliver from 80-120 carries in the season, attack the defensive perimeter, and add some receptions to keep defenses honest. With the exception of his rookie season, he was on track to deliver that level of workload each of his three other NFL seasons. But the situation changed significantly for the Rams after he was drafted.

In 2020, he was the most gifted veteran running back. In 2021, he was the healthiest veteran running back. In 2022, he was the most effective running back. Each season, the Rams offense tried to stretch what Henderson could do very well over more carries and in more games than his body was capable of handling. He never played more than 15 games in any season. He never carried the football more than 149 times.

Ultimately, he too was released with half of the season remaining on his rookie contract. Since that release, he was initially claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but eventually waived in December 2022. He remains an NFL free agent to this day.