Wow, the Rams just did something really cool.
On Tuesday night, the team held a digital presentation for their season ticket holders, explaining their process for the recent draft. J.B. Long, the voice of the Rams, moderated the hour-long program with general manager Les Snead. It also featured scouts and front office members who break down their draft picks.
So, season ticket holders got a unique look at the process of each pick and then Long tweeted the entire YouTube version on Wednesday. I recommend it to all Rams fans (and I recommend all teams to do something like this). I’ve never seen anything like this in the NFL before, it was truly fascinating.
This is over an hour, but offers some really unique insight.— J.B. Long (@JB_Long) May 6, 2020
If you'd like to hear Les Snead and the area scouts responsible for each @RamsNFL draft pick discuss what went into their evaluation, last night's Season Ticket Member event is now on YouTube.https://t.co/C7K6lPHkkS
Snead told Long that the Rams’ draft was a success “in terms of targets and our vision implemented,” saying the team “accomplished want we wanted to do” with their nine picks. Snead also compared the draft process to a musician trying to find the right guitar.
Rams’ Eastern area scout, Michael Pierce, scouted Florida State running back Cam Akers, who the Rams took at No. 52.
“My biggest question was ‘is he going to be there for us?’” Pierce said. “I always thought he would be a great back for us. It was awesome and I’m glad we got him.”
Rams’ director of scouting strategy, James Gladstone, was excited about Florida receiver Van Jefferson, who was taken in the second round — five picks after Akers.
“It quickly became apparently that Van was the first receiver we would consider drafting,” Gladstone said. “His vicious route running would leave even the best defensive backs in the country grasping for claw.”
This entire program is gold. You should really check it out.