2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Stacy drafted by Rams, a rarity for a Vandy RB

By R.B. FALLSTROM - AP Sports Writer
    2013-04-27 16:52

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Zac Stacy made draft-day history for his school. He made the St. Louis Rams pretty happy, too.

The Rams were so enamored of the Vanderbilt running back that they finished off their draft class early by trading up to get Stacy in the fifth round on Saturday. Besides holding school records for rushing yards and touchdowns, the 5-8, 216-pound Stacy is the first Vandy back to get chosen since the NFL went to a seven-round draft.

He's the school's first back to get drafted, period, since the New Orleans Saints took Frank Mordica in the ninth round in 1980. The Rams traded both of their sixth-rounders to Houston for the chance to snag him and end Vandy's 33-year slump.

``He was one of probably the last guys on our board that we were really, really jacked about,'' general manager Les Snead said. ``The rest was just going to be people we liked but (were) not jacked about, so at that point in time we said, `Let's go get him.'''

The Rams wrapped up a seven-player class by trading up, just as they did to get West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin with the eighth overall pick. On the final day, they also took Alabama center Barrett Jones in the fourth round and Miami cornerback Brandon McGee earlier in the fifth, to go with linebacker Alec Ogletree in the first, and USC safety T.J. McDonald and West Virginia wide receiver Stedman Bailey in the third.

``From start to finish, very pleased,'' Snead said. ``Each player fits a role, each player was coveted.''

Stacy was third in the SEC with 1,141 yards rushing as a senior with 10 touchdowns. He's the school's only player to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons and holds school career records of 3,143 yards and 30 touchdowns, was second-team all-SEC and the MVP of the Music City Bowl.

``Zac is a very explosive runner,'' coach Jeff Fisher said. ``He's a complete back and a strong inside kind of power runner that kind of gives us a change of pace.''

Stacy, who set the school single-season rushing record with 1,193 yards as a junior, blossomed the last two seasons after totaling seven starts the first two years. He had anticipated getting picked on the final day. He knew the Rams had been interested.

``I was just sitting around, relaxing, not trying to stress about it, watching a little bit of the draft,'' Stacy said. ``It all worked out great.

The Rams need depth at running back after losing Steven Jackson in free agency, leaving them with a pair of second-year players in Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead. Both Richardson, a seventh-round find last year as the change-of-pace back behind Jackson, and Pead, who had a disappointing season after getting picked in the second round, are more finesse-type backs.

``We're looking forward to Isaiah taking a step and Daryl continuing to improve,'' Fisher said. ``This was a guy we thought had a chance to make some plays for us.''

Jones's career has been so highly-decorated, he's banished many of his trophies to a closet.

The 6-4, 306-pound Jones won the Outland Trophy in 2011 and the Rimington Award in 2012, plus there's the Jacobs Blocking Trophy (2011) and the William V. Campbell Award (2012), commonly referred to as the academic Heisman. The 113th overall selection played on three national championship teams.

``I play because I love the game and I play to win,'' Jones said. ``I feel like I'm a winner and that's the attitude I'm going to bring to St. Louis.''

Jones, who did not allow a sack as a senior, had been hoping to get picked in the third round, ``but I didn't and that's all right. I think a lot of people get hung up on where they get drafted. I'm just glad to have an opportunity.''

He's not yet well-schooled on the Rams, but give him time. Jones earned an accounting degree in three years and added a master's degree last December.

``I've watched them on TV, but that's really the extent of my familiarity,'' Jones said. ``Ask me in a few weeks and I'll have a lot of familiarity with them.''

Jones was a four-year starter and has played at guard, center and tackle, and projects as an interior line backup for now on a team that's set after signing tackle Jake Long in free agency. He made half of his 50 college starts at right guard, and was a third-day draft pick due to scouting assessments that deemed him a bit shy on athleticism with most teams talking to him about center and guard.

Jones is rehabbing from foot surgery after the national championship game and expects to be ready soon.

``Those kind of guys find ways to play in this league a long time, and that's our hope with Barrett,'' Fisher said. ``What he does almost immediately is gives you a comfort level of knowing you've got a guy, if not a starter, that can back up multiple positions.''

McGee was a captain his senior season and started his last two years with the Hurricanes, totaling three interceptions, 11 pass deflections and 109 tackles in 44 games. His official 40 time is 4.37 seconds, but McGee says he's run in the 4.2s, and the Rams think he might help on special teams, too.

McGee tied for sixth on the team in tackles his senior season and figures to provide depth for a team that entered the final day of the draft with just four cornerbacks on the roster. After the Rams took him with the 149th overall pick, McGee said he didn't know the franchise had been that interested.

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Mikel LeshoureJul 24 11:14a

Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure is currently believed to be the fourth tailback on the club behind RBs Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick heading into training camp [ More ]

Jordan PalmerJul 24 10:52a

Chicago Bears QB Jordan Palmer still has the first shot at winning the backup quarterback job, according to head coach Marc Trestman.

Daniel FellsJul 24 09:42a

New York Giants TE Daniel Fells has received the first snap in 11-on-11 drills during the team's two days in training camp. Kellen Davis and Adrien Robinson have [ More ]

Troy NiklasJul 23 10:23p

Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (hand) has been cleared to participate in training camp, and was working Wednesday, July 23.

Theo RiddickJul 23 10:23p

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick has the chance to break into the rotation at tailback, and he has drawn considerable praise from his teammates and coaches for his development [ More ]

Joique BellJul 23 10:23p

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (nee) missed most of the offseason due to a knee injury, although he has said his condition is minor and he expects to be [ More ]

Jed CollinsJul 23 10:23p

The Detroit Lions are re-incorporating the traditional fullback into their new offensive scheme this season, and that's why they went out and signed FB Jed Collins.

Cheta OzougwuJul 23 07:23p

New Orleans Saints DE Cheta Ozougwu (undisclosed) cleared waivers and was transferred to the Saints' Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, July 23.

Billy WinnJul 23 06:53p

The Cleveland Browns placed OL Chris Faulk (undisclosed), DE Billy Winn (undisclosed) and LB Tank Carder (undisclosed) on the non-football injury list Wednesday, July 23.

Kyle OrtonJul 23 06:33p

Free-agent QB Kyle Orton (Cowboys) does not want to retire and wants to play in 2014, according to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Conner VernonJul 23 06:23p

The Cleveland Browns placed CB Royce Adams, LB Brandon Magee and WR Conner Vernon on the no-recall waivers list Wednesday, July 23.

Terrance WestJul 23 06:23p

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) said on his Twitter page that he passed his conditioning test and people need to 'stop making up your [ More ]

Stanley HaviliJul 23 06:13p

Indianapolis Colts FB Stanley Havili (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

Carl NicksJul 23 06:03p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) has been cleared to practice, but will need to pass a physical Thursday, July 23. Nicks also needs to work on his [ More ]

Louis MurphyJul 23 05:53p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Robert Herron, WR Louis Murphy and WR Chris Owusu will all compete for the No. 3 WR job, according to general manager Jason Licht.

Terrance WestJul 23 05:53p

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) will begin training camp on the non-football injury list, according to a source. However, he has passed his conditioning test, per reports.

Ezekiel AnsahJul 23 05:43p

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, according to a league source.

Golden TateJul 23 05:33p

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, according to a league source.

Geno SmithJul 23 05:23p

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is 'head and shoulders' better than last year, according to head coach Rex Ryan.

Daniel FellsJul 23 05:23p

New York Giants TE Kellen Davis, TE Adrien Robinson and TE Daniel Fells all received first-team reps in practice Wednesday, July 23. All three rotated into the backfield and played some fullback.

Jermaine GreshamJul 23 05:23p

Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (hernia) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

Rex RyanJul 23 05:13p

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said every player passed their conditioning tests, noting it was the first time that has happened in his tenure with the organization.

Chris JohnsonJul 23 05:13p

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) will not be limited at the start of training camp, and he was 'flying' during his conditioning test, according to head coach Rex Ryan.

M. WilkersonJul 23 05:03p

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson did not consider a contract holdout, citing his responsibilities as a team leader. Wilkerson's 2015 fifth-year option was picked up earlier this year.

Steve JohnsonJul 23 05:03p

San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) passed his physical and has been cleared to practice Thursday, July 23.

Von MillerJul 23 04:53p

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (knee) will not take part in any contact until the third preseason game at the earliest.

Jamaal CharlesJul 23 04:53p

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has agreed to an undisclosed contract extension and is on his way to training camp, per sources.

Michael HigginsJul 23 04:33p

The Minnesota Vikings signed TE Michael Higgins (Saints) Wednesday, July 23. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Jason BabinJul 23 04:23p

New York Jets DE/OLB Jason Babin played 68 percent of the defensive snaps for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013, logging 772 plays on the year. He was released and [ More ]

Jeromey ClaryJul 23 04:13p

San Diego Chargers OL Jeromey Clary (hip) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

Maurice HurtJul 23 04:13p

Washington Redskins OT Maurice Hurt was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

Leonard HankersonJul 23 04:13p

Washington Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson (knee) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group