Rams' new RB shouldn't threaten Jackson

Steven Jackson doesn't have to worry about the St. Louis Rams drafting a running back to threaten his standing with the team.

That would have been the case had St. Louis drafted Trent Richardson in the first round. But in selecting Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead with the 50th overall choice in the 2012 NFL draft Friday, the Rams secured a change-of-pace back -- someone to complement Jackson, not imperil his standing as the featured back.

Pead, 5-foot-10 and 197 pounds, has 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash. He has also returned punts.

"Quick, competitive, creative back with terrific open-field ability and good hands who would be best utilized complementing a power back," Nolan Nawrocki wrote for Pro Football Weekly's draft guide.

The Rams have used the second round to help quarterback Sam Bradford and their offense. They made Appalachian State receiver Brian Quick the 33rd overall choice and first pick of the second round.

St. Louis will be on the clock again shortly as the Rams possess the 65th overall choice, the second pick of the third round. Finding linebacker help could make sense.