Zac Stacy to Rams: How Does Running Back Fit with St. Louis?

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIIApril 27, 2013

Oct 20, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores running back Zac Stacy (2) carries the ball against the Auburn Tigers during the second half at Vanderbilt Stadium. The Commodores beat the Tigers 17-13. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
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Since 1977, Zac Stacy leads all Vanderbilt rushers in yards (3,143) and touchdowns (30) by at least a 20 percent margin, despite taking 38 fewer carries than the school’s leader in that department, Carl Woods.

The production is there; he averaged 5.4 yards per carry.

Les Snead and Jeff Fisher were impressed enough to visit Stacy at his school a couple of weeks before the draft, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. On Day 3, they traded both of their sixth-round picks—their only remaining real estate in the 2013 NFL draft at the time—to secure his rights in the late fifth.

NFL analyst and former player Ross Tucker noted the fact that sixth-rounders are far from guaranteed to make rosters.

It’s starting to look like the 6’2”, 240-pound Terrance Ganaway (who was a sixth-round pick of the New York Jets in 2012) won’t get much of a chance to replace Steven Jackson.

Daryl Richardson’s spot in the rotation should be secure—if not expanded—based on his outstanding rookie season in 2012. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry en route to totaling 475 rushing yards and 163 receiving yards on 24 catches as a rookie.

Richardson is an explosive player that can rattle of big runs by getting to the edge.

Jackson frequently handled his business between the tackles with St. Louis, much like Stacy does.

Like Ganaway, Jackson is listed at 6’2”, 240 pounds. Stacy is more Ray Rice-sized, at 5’8”, 216 pounds.

S-JAX didn’t want to see his role reduced in St. Louis, but Stacy will be more inclined to take whichever role the Rams ask of him.

If that means splitting carries with Richardson and the similarly-sized 2012 second-round pick Isaiah Pead, the fifth-rounder will be excited for the opportunity. He’ll likely be asked to handle short-yardage carries and goal-line duties while the sophomores do work between the 20s.

Stacy caught just 10 passes as a senior; he totaled 46 in his collegiate career.

St. Louis was 19th in rushing last season with 107.1 yards per game. After beefing up their offensive line this offseason and adding more fresh legs at running back, the Rams expect to climb the rankings in 2013.


Jamal Collier is the St. Louis Rams draft correspondent for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @StatManJ.