St. Louis Rams RB coach Sylvester Croom spent some quality time on the prospect trail yesterday. Croom was checking out the Georgia Tech Pro Day event, even lending a hand. And which player(s) was Croom kicking the tires on yesterday?
Croom was throwing the ball to Georgia Tech RB Anthony Allen. Power is the name of the game for Allen, a 6'0" 222 lbs running back. His Pro Day work focused on proving his ability as a receiver and pass blocker. The Rams' coach hewed to generality when asked about Allen. "I was very impressed with Anthony. He's had a good career here at Georgia Tech. He's among a good group of running backs coming out this year."
In the same article Mel Kiper was asked about Allen, and offered this assessment:
He's a guy that I think is certainly intriguing, maybe in the fourth- or fifth-round area. I wouldn't go any higher than that, although some people are trying to push him up. Running backs historically always drop.
I know enough to take any and all Pro Day performances with a grain of salt. Still, I can't help but notice that the Rams had their running backs coach at the event. What we can piece together from this report and prior reports is that the Rams are dead serious about finding a running back, or two, for the team this season. A legit backup and a guy to share carries with Steven Jackson has been part of the needs list for more than a couple seasons.