Los Angeles Rams: 3 players that have to perform in 2020

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2. Darrell Henderson

If you follow my work at all here at LA Sports Hub then you will know that I have been questioning the selection of Darrell Henderson in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft since the second that his name was called off.

Henderson was selected and touted as this dynamic back who would help the Rams manage Todd Gurley‘s workload, who at the time had major questions around his knee. On paper, it sounded like the perfect plan.

The perfectness of the selection never came off the paper, though, as Henderson was only given 39 carries in his rookie season. The Rams used a third-round pick in a draft where they needed offensive lineman for a running back that they did not even use.

There is time for Henderson to turn this around and he has to have a great second season to prove that he is the dynamic back that was touted before the 2019 season started. Because if not then that will look like one of the most wasteful picks the Rams have made in recent memory.

I do not want to give up on Henderson being a good back in the NFL and I do think that he is capable of that. My biggest problem with the selection is why the Rams would draft him when the team knew that the offensive line was set to regress.

You can find a dynamic back in the middle rounds of practically any draft. We see it every year when new-name running backs emerge from nothing and become huge components on some of the best teams.

The Rams could have postponed that pick by a year or two if they were not planning on using him as more than a depth option. The team already has a really talented depth option in John Kelly, who has been massively overlooked.