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Rams getting heat for not drafting a running back

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

Nobody at Rams Park has come out and said that landing a running back in free agency is a top priority. But our sources close to the team suspect that's probably the case after the Rams opted to bypass running backs in the recently concluded draft — a decision widely considered to be a gross oversight. "You would think they have a [free-agent] plan in mind," one source said. "They brought six backs in for free-agent visits and extensively scouted some good ones like Kendall Hunter (who was drafted in the fourth round by the division-rival 49ers and is considered a "potential steal" by PFW draft expert Nolan Nawrocki).

"I really don't know why they did what they did."

It hasn't taken long for Rams Nation to ponder the possibility of Reggie Bush, who has been rumored to be on the way out in New Orleans, being picked up to provide what would figure to be a pretty impressive change of pace for power workhorse Steven Jackson.

"Right now that's just a lot of fans playing fantasy football," the source said. "For one thing, it's not known if he [Bush] really is available. And then you have to take into account that he's already supposedly turned down a $2 million deal with incentives from the Saints. He would be pretty expensive, and I'm not so sure the Rams would want to pay the price it would take to get him."

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