Even though the Rams released Todd Gurley during this offseason, it was a needed room to make cap room. Darrell Henderson is a solid back but may not be able to handle a full workload in the NFL. He already had to handle the criticism of some fans on social media earlier this week. The team already has their eyes on a few running backs in this year’s 2020 NFL draft to pair with Henderson. With the Rams looking to make a one-two punch in the backfield this upcoming season, let’s take a look at some of the Day 2 and 3 backs that the Rams could draft in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Round 2: Clyde Edward-Helaire
Clyde Edward-Helaire, out of LSU, has all the makings of an elite running back at the pro level. Edward-Helaire had a breakout season last year for the National Champion, LSU Tigers, and showed why he could be an every-down back in the NFL. He ran for the 3rd most in school history with over 1,400 rushing yards while catching 55 passes for 453 yards. The season led to Edward-Helaire being selected to the SEC’s 1st team at the position. If the Rams decide to go a different direction than the offensive line in the 2nd round, then Edward-Helaire would be a great choice. We already highlighted another LSU offensive lineman star that the Rams could draft in Round 2 as well. This could be the perfect pairing for Los Angeles.
Round 3: Cam Akers
Cam Akers put up massive numbers for the Florida State Seminoles last season. Akers went for 1,144 rushing yards, but more impressive was his yards per carry average of 4.9. He also caught 30 passes out of the backfield for 225 yards and four touchdowns. Even though the numbers were impressive, Akers was selected to 2nd-team All-ACC last season. Many mock drafts have Akers being selected in the 3rd round; Akers would be a great back to split the workload with Henderson next season.
Day 3: Lamical Perine
The younger brother of Samaje Perine, Lamical Perine, remains an under-the-radar back in this year’s draft. Perine had an impressive Senior Bowl game rushing for 42 yards on only seven carries, giving him a remarkable six yards per carry. A high yard per carry average is nothing new for Lamical Perine, who averaged five yards per carry during his career with the Florida Gators rushing for 2,485 yards on 493 carries. Perine also was solid in the passing game out of the backfield catching 72 passes for 674 yards and eight touchdowns. Perine would be a great day three pick for the Rams and would allow them to focus on their offensive line woes with their day two picks. Which running back should the Rams draft this season to pair perfectly with Darrell Henderson?