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.
Ross Tucker @RossTuckerNFL
Some 6th RD picks get cut. Many more stick for 1 year even though they don't deserve it b/c insecure teams won't cut them2013-4-27 20:32:09
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.
Jim Thomas @jthom1
Stacy is a tough, between the tackles runner, 5-8, 216. Not much finesse with him. I really like this pick.2013-4-27 19:29:10
Like Ganaway, Jackson is listed at 6’2”, 240 pounds. Stacy is more Ray Rice-sized, at 5’8”, 216 pounds.
Los Angeles Rams @RamsNFL
"I want to just go in, compete and win. The overall goal is to win." - Zac Stacy #RamsDraft2013-4-27 20:05:11
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.