3. Even if they do draft a running back that running back won’t bring anything new to the table
Let’s say the Los Angeles Rams ignore some of the needs listed in the previous slide and instead of drafting depth at nose tackle or outside linebacker they draft a running back.
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That selection will almost undoubtedly come in the late rounds of the draft. Without a pick in the first or the fifth round, the Rams have to fill the bigger holes and make the most out of the second and third rounds.
That likely means drafting an offensive lineman in one of the two rounds and then a linebacker in the other. The earliest the team possibly would take a running back would be the fourth round, but even that is unlikely with the other holes on the roster.
So even if the team views running back as a need, it still will not be a primary need and will likely be resorted to the sixth or seventh round. At that point, the Rams are not going to get anyone that is going to bring anything new to the table that Brown, Henderson and Kelly already don’t bring.
Sure, you could make the case that the team needs a big-bodied bruiser to be the fullback. That is something that could easily be found after the draft in undrafted free agency and definitely is not a big enough need to take in the draft.
Selecting a running back that late in the draft will just be redundant. It will add depth to the position that the team does not really even need and stop the team from adding to areas that need the depth.
If the depth takes a hit throughout the year then the Rams could easily find a free agent or practice squad player to fill the void. Every single year we see running backs of the same caliber get brought in and make a huge difference, so there is no point in the Rams trying to do differently.