Les Snead Draft Era 2012 to Present

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Highest Pick By Position (Overall/Year)

Note: View the #1s as outliers. You get inside the top ten of the draft, you’re going to have to take something that is outside your profile for later rounds. 

WR: Tavon Austin (8/2013), Brian Quick (2/33)
Tutu Atwell & Van Jefferson (57/2021/2020)
Cooper Kupp (69/2017)—Stedman Bailey (92/2013) & Chris Givens (96/2012) inside 100 picks.
Takeaway: Putting Austin aside, the Rams have not been shy about taking wide receivers inside the top 100 (Generally first three rounds).

RB: Todd Gurley (10/2015), Isaiah Pead (50/2012)
Cam Akers (52/2020), Darrell Henderson (70/2019)
Tre Mason (75/2014)
Takeaways: Putting aside Gurley, the Rams will spend premium picks on a RB if needed. Pead, in 2012, was obviously the major whiff.

C: Brian Allen (111/2018) 
G: Jamon Brown (72/2015), Logan Bruss (104/2022)
T: Greg Robinson (2/2014), Rob Havenstein (57/2015), Joe Noteboom (89/2018), Bobby Evans (97/2019)
Takeaways: Outside of Jamon Brown the Rams do not spend premium picks (Top 100) of interior linemen. Ignore, Robinson, and see they will go as high as 57-overall for a tackle.

TE: Gerald Everett (44/2017)
Takeaways: Everett was taken in the mid-second round, the Rams are at #36 this draft. It wouldn’t be unprecedented for them to take a tight end in a tight end rich draft. Tyler Higbee and Brycen Hopkins were both taken outside the Top 100.

QB: Goff (1/2016), Sean Mannion (89/2015)
Takeaways: The Rams have only drafted two quarterbacks in the Snead era. If they spend a pick on one this year it will be a big deal.

DT: Aaron Donald (13/2014), Michael Brockers (14/2012)
Takeaways: After Donald & Brockers never inside the Top 100. But that could change in 2023, there’s a definite need at that spot.

DE/Edge: John Franklin-Myers (135/2018)
OLB/Edge: Terrell Lewis (84/2020)
Takeaways: The Rams got by for a long time with Robert Quinn, they traded for Dante Fowler, and acquired Leonard Floyd. The most significant pick since 2012 at the position was Terrell Lewis. That could/should change in 2023

LB: Alec Ogletree (30/2013), Ernest Jones (103/2021) 
Takeaways: Ogletree initially lined up on the outside and moved to the middle after James Laurenties was let go. Jones is the most significant investment at off-ball linebacker and you’ll see it was outside of the Top 100.

CB: Janoris Jenkins (39/2012), Trumaine Johnson (65/2012)
David Long (79/2019)
Takeaways: The Rams will spend premium picks at this position. And they’ll make bold moves—Marcus Peters, Aquib Talib, and Jalen Ramsey. A position to keep an eye on in this draft.

S: Lamarcus Joyner (41/2014), Taylor Rapp (61/2019) TJ McDonald (71/2013), John Johnson (91/2017)
Takeaways: Joyner is an outlier because he played safety and slot corner. Rapp is the highest drafted pure safety of this era. The Rams will go after a safety, but after drafting two a year ago it doesn’t look like they’ll be taking another inside the Top 100.

Keep an Eye On:
Edge, TE, CB, DT/DI—in no particular order. I would be surprised if they didn’t go Edge first, but this is the Rams. They surprise us all the time.

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