Before Zak Stacy hit the NFL stage, the Ram's offense didn't click very well. Once Stacy burst on the scene, the Rams went from a pseudo spread offense to a TE heavy blocking rushing machine. I thought our Tight Ends blocked pretty well. But when it comes to lead blockers there is nothing like an Old Fashion Smash-Mouth Fullback.
Good News Rams Fans! Fullbacks are as cheap as calculators in 2014. Back in the 70's the Rams had several superior Fullbacks. Remember Jim Bertelsen and Cullen Bryant? And who can forget John Cappelletti's tear jerker Heisman Trophy Speech? These guys opened holes for Ram's RB's like Willie Ellison and Lawrence McCutcheon for years. How can one not fondly remember the dual backfield of Bertelsen and McCutcheon. Remember the pound and ground, touchdown drives that almost consumed entire Quarters?
But I digress. Let's move on to the modern fullback. Like the rhinoceros, fullbacks have almost gone extinct. But I believe they can make a partial comeback.
Should the Rams consider drafting a fullback in the 5th-7th rounds? What are the pros and cons? The biggest con is a fullback may not be able to catch the ball out of the backfield as well as an TE H-back.
The pros? Fullbacks open wider holes and run the ball better in short yardage situations. Fullbacks are cheap! Do you want to look at some rhino's?
Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma
Height: 6-2. Weight: 249.
Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
Trey is the top ranked fullback. And this despite a season ending ALC injury. Just a thought. If he didn't work out as a fullback. Would he make a good LB. Anthony Barr was a little know fullback before he became the top linebacker in the draft!
Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn
Height: 6-0. Weight: 260.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Here is my favorite. Jay is a hellacious blocker. What are fullbacks for? And Jay is superb in special teams. I don't know about you, but I want the Rams special teams to be # 1 for years to come. How would you like to be hit by a 260 pound cannon ball a half second after you caught a punt? BOOM!
J.C. Copeland, FB, LSU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 280.
Projected 40 Time: 4.77
Still too small? Look at Copeland's size and speed. What the F#%K!?! Again you can't help wonder, could this guy play Defense? Inside Linebacker maybe? I dunno. Copeland really needs to trim down to 270 for the NFL. He blasted opened holes for all the LSU running backs.
All three of these guys can catch the ball in a pinch. Trey is probably the best running back. Trey averaged 5.7 yards a carry. But then again, what do you want a fullback for? Me? I want a devastating blocking back first. Pass and run blocking. Then I want a special team superstar. Then I want a runner/receiver.
Then I want a guy who could maybe play defense. There's a little Dr. Frankenstein in all of us! Anthony Barr caught 12 receptions during his first two seasons as UCLA's fullback! And then he switched to defense. The rest, as they say is His story.