Building RB depth isn’t easy, especially after the 6th round. Part of building depth isn’t just about trying to grab playable RBs… that’s definitely part of it, but we should also be shooting for upside.
That late round upside can come in the form of keeping a 3-down handcuff on your bench in case a 3-down starter goes down.
It can come from a ambiguous backfield, as well (Falcons, 49ers, Dolphins, etc.).
Trey Sermon has a little bit of both. And his price isn’t too high. He’s not at a Javonte Williams-type ADP. He’s not as talented, but Sermon has less competition to be at the top.
Woah. Less competition? He’s competing against 4 other backs! Is he? Or does he only have to beat Raheem Mostert? That’s the question we don’t necessarily have the answer to, but I am leaving that possibility open. Javonte has more competition against Melvin Gordon than Sermon has against Mostert.
I’m not the biggest fan of Sermon, but I do like his playing style among a… maybe premature labeled… subpar rookie RB class.
The 49ers traded up to grab him. He’s getting some first-team reps in camp. Kyle Shanahan is saying that he’s just keep the seat warm for Mostert, but when was the last time Mostert was available all season long? He also never got a workhorse role; there were other backs always involved.
Truth be told, the direction of this backfield can go in so many directions that we can’t even count the possibilities on one hand.
However, there is upside of a workhorse back in Shanahan’s offense. Devonta Freeman was the overall RB1 in Shanahan’s offense. Journeyman and a little-more-than-JAG Carlos Hyde had a ridiculous workload in both the run and pass game in his offense.
Can’t tell me that he only wants to have a committee. He just hasn’t had the right guy for that role. I’m just playing the odds based on the price with Sermon. A true high ceiling/low floor play… but it’s a legit part of building depth at RB. Take your shots.