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Los Angeles Rams’ draft history in third round under General Manager Les Snead helps underscore 2019 NFL Draft first-round trade

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Les has done pretty well in the third round since becoming the Rams’ GM.

Los Angeles Rams General Manager Les Snead during a game against the San Francisco 49ers, Dec. 30, 2018.
Los Angeles Rams General Manager Les Snead during a game against the San Francisco 49ers, Dec. 30, 2018.
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Since Los Angeles Rams General Manager Les Snead became GM in 2012, he’s always been one to wheel and deal when it comes to the NFL Draft. Tonight was no different as he spent his first opportunity in the 2019 NFL Draft to put together a trade with the Atlanta Falcons.

The main outcome? An added third-round pick at #79.

Here’s what the Rams have done in the third round since the 2012 NFL Draft:

LA Rams third-round draft history since 2012

Year POS Player Pick
Year POS Player Pick
2012 CB Trumaine Johnson 65
2013 S T.J. McDonald 71
2013 WR Stedman Bailey 92
2014 RB Tre Mason 75
2015 OL Jamon Brown 72
2015 QB Sean Mannion 89
2017 WR Cooper Kupp 69
2017 S John Johnson 91
2018 OL Joseph Noteboom 89

While Snead hasn’t batted 1.000 here, no teams do. Even in the first round. The real takeaway is that Snead has actually overseen a very, very successful third-round hit rate.

And if we’re taking the pairing of Snead and current Rams Head Coach Sean McVay as a different quantity entirely from the pairing with former Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher, Snead has done exceptionally well since McVay’s hiring in 2017.

So as justifiable as it was to seek a trade down going into the draft tonight, it’s very easy to understand why it makes sense coming out of the first round.

The Rams added a pick in a range where they’ve had recent historic success and where this particular draft is well-stocked.

A job well done, Lester P. Snead.