The Rams traded up to No. 70 overall in the 2019 draft to select Darrell Henderson out of Memphis, who looks like a perfect fit in McVays outside zone scheme. All the analytics and numbers prove that sentiment, showing just how good Henderson was on outside zone runs in college.
If you go back and watch my college film and you watch the Rams film, its the same, Henderson said, via the Los Angeles Times. I thought that was the best system I could get in. So everything worked out great. When I was talking to them, everything was clicking and we developed a relationship. The coaches told me they knew they were going to get me so it was the perfect fit.
Henderson obviously won’t be the No. 1 back in Los Angeles with Todd Gurley still atop the depth chart, but hell certainly carve out a role on offense. Thatll come at the expense of Gurley, whose usage the Rams plan to scale back in order to keep him fresher for the long haul.
The appeal of matching an Alvin Kamara element with a healthy and productive Todd Gurley is easy to understand and it’s a fit that Henderson says was an obvious one to him heading into the draft.
Gurley welcomed Henderson to the Rams after he was drafted and has kept in touch with the rookie ever since, which Henderson appreciates. He looks forward to learning from the two-time All-Pro running back.
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Todds a great guy and hes someone that every running back should want to learn from, Henderson said. Getting to be there with him and getting to work with him every day is an unbelievable opportunity. Im just going to take the knowledge he gives me and watch how he works and learn from it and bring it to my game.
It’s going to be fun to see what Henderson can do in the Rams’ scheme after averaging 8.2 yards per carry in his career at Memphis.
Gaines might get the most playing time of any Rams rookie, which should translate to some decent numbers. He won’t have 59 tackles like Ndamukong Suh last season, but hell make his way into opposing backfields enough to earn a sack or two and a few tackles for loss. His snaps may be limited if the Rams view him as a two-down player, though.
In the aftermath of Super Bowl LIII and Todd Gurleys slowdown at the end of the 2018 season, the Los Angeles Rams opted not to find another backup running back to boost the ground game in free agency. Instead, L.A. waited until the draft, specifically the third round, to grab their next tailback, Darrell Henderson.
Rapp is probably going to be around the line of scrimmage a lot next season, even if hes not a full-time player. Hell play safety and likely get snaps as a hybrid linebacker when the Rams go to their dime package in obvious passing situations. His interception numbers won’t be eye-popping, but he should rack up a fair amount of tackles.
"If you go back and watch my college film and you watch the Rams film, its the same," Henderson told the Los Angeles Times this week. "I thought that was the best system I could get in. So everything worked out great. When I was talking to them, everything was clicking and we developed a relationship. The coaches told me they knew they were going to get me so it was the perfect fit."
Scott has a chance to be a special teams ace for the Rams, playing multiple different roles. His speed and effort make him a quality gunner and a valuable player on kickoff coverage. Scott won’t play many snaps on defense barring an injury, but expect to see him on several special teams units right away.
What you see on Hendersons college film is a lot of yards and a lot of house calls. The Memphis running back left college with 3,545 rushing yards on 431 carries and 36 rushing touchdowns (44 in total). Henderson averaged 8.2 yards per carry during his college career and 8.9 YPC during his final two seasons.
While its highly unlikely that, over the course of a season, Henderson will be able to keep up that pace against non-AAC defenses, the running back doesnt expect to carry the load in Los Angeles right out of the gate. Why should he, with a former Offensive Player of the Year in Gurley ahead of him on the depth chart?
This is more of a fun exercise than a scientific projection, considering how difficult it is to project stats for players who have never taken an NFL field. However, we’ve predicted stats for the Rams’ rookies, excluding offensive linemen and undrafted free agents.
"Todds a great guy and hes someone that every running back should want to learn from," Henderson said. "Getting to be there with him and getting to work with him every day is an unbelievable opportunity. Im just going to take the knowledge he gives me and watch how he works and learn from it and bring it to my game."
Henderson, along with Malcolm Brown, might have to spell Gurley more often in 2019 than the star back is used to. Gurley was uncharacteristically unproductive and sometimes absent in Los Angeles final two games last season, including the Super Bowl. He and the Rams denied his relative lack of action (16 touches, 47 yards, TD) was due to injury, though Gurley had missed L.A.s final two regular-season contests with a knee issue.
The Rams plans for Henderson were hinted at in a behind-the-scenes clip promoted by the team, in which general manager Les Snead said in the lead-up to drafting Henderson that the back has an "[Alvin] Kamara element." Rams coach Sean McVay said that Henderson had a "specific skill set" and could do "unique" things for the offense.
While those terms describing Henderson dont scream "contender for the starting job," its noteworthy that Kamara, also a third-round pick of the Saints and initially third on the depth chart behind Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson, was a lethal backfield option in his rookie season, averaging 7.7 yards per touch and scoring 13 touchdowns in his first year.