When Steven Jackson signed with the Atlanta Falcons last month, the Rams' lost a bruising, physical runner that is one of only six backs in NFL history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in eight consecutive seasons.
With the NFL Draft nearly three weeks away, St. Louis could add a powerful, between-the-tackles back that may remind Rams' fans of Jackson. The Rams are scheduled to meet with Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the coming weeks before the Draft, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Lacy (5-11, 231) repeatedly bowled his way through the Notre Dame line in the BCS National Championship en route to a 140-yard rushing night and two touchdowns overall. At the same time, the game's Offensive MVP displayed surprising athleticism for a bigger back, with a variety of spin moves and jukes in the 42-14 victory. Lacy is the top-ranked running back and the No. 33 prospect overall in CBSSports.com's latest Draft projections.
The Rams are inexperienced at running back following Jackson's departure. Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead, the top two running backs on the Rams' depth chart, will both enter their second season in the league. Richardson finished second on the Rams last season in rushing yards with 475 and added 24 receptions for 163 yards. Pead only had 10 carries on the season, but led St. Louis in yards per carry with 5.4.
Jeff Fisher's team has four selections in the first 80 picks, including two in the first round after last year's trade involving Robert Griffin III. The Rams are also scheduled to meet with California wide receiver Keenan Allen, Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter, Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene and Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long , league sources told the Post-Dispatch. St. Louis could also meet with South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin and Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree, the Post-Dispatch reported.
Lacy finished the 2012 season with 1,322 rushing yards, 17 rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns.
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