Rams likely to draft a running back

Steve Jackson against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2008 season. ( Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images)

Steve Jackson against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2008 season. ( Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images)

St. Louis is expected to run the football in 2009. Fantastic news for anybody who has Steven Jackson in a keeper league.

Nick Wagoner wrote on the team’s official Web site that St. Louis needs a running back and should address that need in this year’s draft.

    Still, the Rams enter the 2009 NFL Draft with the need to add help at the running back spot behind Jackson. With Steve Spagnuolo taking over as coach and Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator, the Rams would like to be a run heavy offense with multiple options. (My emphasis here.)

Rut roh, Shaggy. Nobody likes the phrase, multiple options. And if Spanuolo is influenced by what he saw during his time in New York, there certainly could be a running back by committee in Jackson’s future. Awesome.

The key, Wagoner writes, is where the Rams draft a running back. The team certainly won’t use the second overall selection in the draft on a running back. But if it takes a running back in the second round, then a committee situation is likely. Or maybe St. Louis deals that second-overall selection and moves down, picking up multiple picks. That may not be far-fetched considering the team’s many needs.

A later round selection of a running back, however, appears more likely and probably won’t eat into Jackson’s carries. Let’s not panic yet, but unless something dramatic happens, Jackson’s carries seem safe. For now.

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