One of the needs heading into the 2011 NFL draft for the St. Louis Rams was running back. They use RB Steven Jackson quite a bit and it made sense to find someone to pair him with in order to prolong Jackson's career.
But three days of the NFL draft last weekend didn't yield a future running back. Rams GM Billy Devaney told ESPN 101in St. Louis that the lack of a running back wasn't from a lack of effort. In fact, Devaney says they did try to trade up for a running back because snagging one was something they wanted to do in this draft.
He didn't identify which running back he tried to get but we would assume RB Mark Ingram with the 14th pick wasn't what he was talking about. Maybe he meant Ingram late in the first round or RB Mikel Leshoure in the second round.
We can speculate all we want on who it is but at the end of the day the Rams walk away without another running back. Devaney said that the Rams are likely to add someone before the 2011 season starts (assuming the 2011 season starts).
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