Rams draft ex-Terp RB Jake Funk in seventh round of NFL Draft

/ by Ethan Cadeaux
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After five years in College Park, Jake Funk is headed to Los Angeles.

The former University of Maryland running back was drafted by Los Angeles on Saturday in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft (233rd overall).

Getting drafted is an enormous accomplishment for Funk, considering everything he's been through during his collegiate career.

Originally a two-star recruit, Maryland was one of the few Power Five schools that offered Funk. The Damascus native appeared in seven games as a true freshman in 2016, totaling 178 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns.

Over the next three years, though, Funk went through more than his fair share of adversity. The running back suffered two separate ACL tears over that span and played in just five total games between 2018 and 2019.

Returning as a fifth-year senior in 2020, Funk finally got his chance to be Maryland's starting running back during the truncated season. Funk made the most of his opportunity, as he finished with 516 rushing yards in five games. His 7.8 yards per carry was the second-best mark of any running back in the nation.

In Los Angeles, Funk joins a crowded running back room that is headlined by Cam Akers. Funk will likely first be used on special teams, a niche he carved out well for himself during his time at Maryland.