Why Westbrook's an option for Rams

The Rams were among 19 NFL teams that did not draft a running back in 2010.


WestbrookSeven went in the first two rounds, when the Rams were busy adding building blocks Sam Bradford and Rodger Saffold. Teams drafted only two running backs in the third through fifth rounds (none in the third). Teams clearly weren't willing to reach for players at the position.

That might explain why the Rams did not draft one even though they've needed to upgrade their depth behind Steven Jackson.

Their relationship with former Eagles starter Brian Westbrook could work in their favor. Westbrook visited with the Rams to take a physical and it's possible the team could sign him eventually if the medical side checks out. Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, among other Rams staffers, were with Westbrook in Philadelphia for years.

Westbrook is 30 and that tends to be a bad number for running backs, but if he could help in a situational role, the Rams would be better off. Westbrook would also give them another veteran player familiar with their offense. He would fit better in St. Louis than with most teams.