Rams looking for help for Steven Jackson
There is no disputing the No. 1 need for the St. Louis Rams entering the draft is at wide receiver.
They have to get someone for quarterback Sam Bradford to throw the ball to next season. But the Rams are apparently serious about adding some depth at another skill position.
Of 12 official pre-draft visits that have been confirmed by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, four of them are running backs. The Rams have talked for a while about getting a complementary back for Steven Jackson, or at least someone that could share the load. It makes sense. The workhorse back turns 28 this summer and he’s racked up 1,744 carries in the last six years – all 1,000-yard seasons. He’s averaged 290.7 carries per season in that span and the wear and tear has had a toll on him as he’s dealt with back issues.
Illinois Mikel Leshoure, Hawaii’s Alex Green, LSU’s Stevan Ridley and Kansas State’s Daniel Thomas are scheduled to visit. Leshoure has a possibility to be drafted in the first round but he could slide down into Round 2. The Rams had a contingent of four scouts at the Illini pro day. We’ll see how it shakes out, but St. Louis could be giving Jackson some help this season.
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