The answer: A highly-decorated blocker. A speedy corner. An underrated runner. The question: What happened on Day 3 of the draft at Rams Park? After taking Alabama center/guard Barrett Jones in Round 4 and Miami (Fla.) cornerback Brandon McGee in Round 5, the Rams made an early day of it. They traded both of their sixth-round picks to Houston in order to move up to late in the fifth round for Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy. The Rams didn’t have a seventh-round pick as a result of the Day 1 trade-up Thursday for West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin. So that was that. Not exactly banker’s hours but their day, and their draft was done for 2013. Seven players all told, all from BCS schools, made up the second draft class by general manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher. All three players selected Saturday – Jones, McGee, and Stacy - were team captains last season for their respective colleges. None figure to be immediate starters in the NFL. Jones provides depth and versatility at guard and especially center on a roster that until now included only Tim Barnes behind starter Scott Wells at center. McGee is projected as the fourth corner behind Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins, and Trumaine Johnson, a role which brings with it special teams responsibilities. As for Stacy, throw him into a wide-open backfield mix that includes second-year players Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and Terrance Ganaway as the Rams begin life after Steven Jackson. “(Stacy) was one of the last guys on our board that we were really, really jacked about,” Snead said. “The rest was just gonna be people we liked but weren’t jacked about. So at that point in time we said, ‘Hey, let’s go get him.’ ” And that was that. The Rams’ draft ended with Stacy as the 160th player taken overall – or with 94 players still to be selected. “We had been managing that running back board a little bit,” Snead said. “He was a guy that we liked for a while. It went from deep to thin pretty quickly (at running back). So we went and nabbed him. For us this player was worth giving up those two picks.” Stacy (5-8, 216) did things never accomplished at Vanderbilt, an SEC doormat forever, but now a respectable program. As a junior in 2011, he broke the school’s single-season rushing record with 1,193 yards, in the process becoming the Commodores’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 1995.
Rams finish their BCS-laden draft
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Apr 28