The 2014 NFL draft is still 17 days away. Before we get there, we'll take a look at a prospect or two in the draft who could be of interest to the St. Louis Rams.
By now, we've covered most of the big names so the focus here will be on vetting some potential additions beyond the top 10 of the draft.
Position: Running back
School: University of Missouri
Height/Weight: 5-8 1/8, 194 pounds
Projected round: 6 or 7
Pros: One of the fastest backs in the draft who smoothly makes cuts and accelerates. Averaged 7.4 yards per carry in his final two seasons playing. Incredibly tough kid who overcame a potential career-ending injury to return and produce on a team that played for the SEC championship last season. For being slight of frame is a willing and decent pass protector and has good enough hands to be a threat out of the backfield though he wasn't used much in that way. Agile enough to make tacklers miss in the open field and gain extra yards.
Cons: In terms of carries didn't have enough to wear his tread off, but injury issues and durability are a concern. The devastating knee injury he suffered cost him a full season and any back with that type of injury is likely to have some time shaved off his career. Can run between the tackles but isn't going to run through many tackles or move any piles. Probably not suited for short-yardage situations or near the goal line. Spent most of his career in spread offense running through wide splits and light boxes. Will need to try to add some bulk without sacrificing speed.
Fit with Rams: The Rams are confident in their one-two punch of Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham and they also have a couple of other young options in Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson, both of whom are former draft picks. The need for a back isn't pressing given the team's confidence in Stacy and Cunningham but a speedy, change of pace-type back like Josey would make sense. Richardson could play that role and might get another chance after injuries halted his progress last season. Josey is the type of runner who could represent a possible upgrade over Richardson and would be an immediate fan favorite among Mizzou faithful in St. Louis.
He said it: Josey on how he expects to be used in the NFL -- “The same way I’ve been used," Josey said at the combine. "I have great playmaker ability. I can catch the ball out of the backfield, just that spread guy. They have their big bruisers and they also want speed guys to run around people, be good in the open field. That was the way they want to use me.”