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Who have the Rams drafted from the Senior Bowl under Les Snead?

Snead has a history of finding talent in Mobile

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The NFL Draft starts in Mobile and the Senior Bowl finally gets going next week with top college prospects ready to showcase their talents. Since taking over as the Los Angeles Rams general manager, Les Snead has selected numerous players that participated in the all-star game and has had success.

Between 2017 and 2018, the Rams selected nine players that participated in the Senior Bowl. Two of the Rams’ top players on the roster were in Mobile, Alabama in their draft years. Those players are of course Aaron Donald and Cooper Kupp.

Since taking over in 2012, Snead has selected an average of 2.18 players from the Senior Bowl every year. The 2019 draft class is the only year that Snead avoided players from the Senior Bowl altogether.

With a projected 10 selections in the upcoming draft, it’s fair to say that at least a few of the players showcasing their talent next week could be wearing horns next season as rookies. Here’s a list of players that the Rams have selected in the Senior Bowl under Les Snead:

  • WR Brian Quick, 2012
  • RB Isaiah Pead, 2012
  • CB Janoris Jenkins, 2012
  • S TJ McDonald, 2013
  • EDGE Michael Sam, 2014
  • DT Aaron Donald, 2014
  • QB Sean Mannion, 2015
  • OT Rob Havenstein, 2015
  • LB Josh Forrest, 2016
  • WR Cooper Kupp, 2017
  • TE Gerald Everett, 2017
  • WR Josh Reynolds, 2017
  • DL Tanzel Smart, 2017
  • FB Sam Rogers, 2017
  • OL Jamil Demby, 2018
  • EDGE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, 2018
  • OL Joseph Noteboom, 2018
  • LB Micah Kiser, 2018
  • OL Tremayne Anchrum, 2020
  • TE Brycen Hopkins, 2020
  • S Terrell Burgess, 2020
  • CB Robert Rochell, 2021
  • WR Ben Skowronek, 2021
  • CB Derion Kendrick, 2022

Overall the Rams have had a lot of success drafting players from the Senior Bowl. There have been busts such as Pead and Quick. However, roster staples like Havenstein, Kupp, Donald have come from the Senior Bowl as well as key role players such as Skowronek, Okoronkwo, Reynolds, and Everett.

This list doesn’t include players that the Rams have signed as undrafted free agents or ended up with later on. After being cut by the Colts following the 2016 season, the Rams signed Austin Blythe who participated in Senior Bowl week. Austin Corbett is another player from the Senior Bowl that the Rams traded for after he wasn’t a fit with the Cleveland Browns.

After participating in the Senior Bowl prior to the 2021 draft, Alaric Jackson went undrafted and was signed by the Rams. Jackson showed last season that he’s a very capable NFL offensive lineman.

This season’s group of players from the Senior Bowl also looks to be very talented. On the offensive side of the ball, there are players such as John Michael Schmitz and Blake Freeland. The defensive group is highlighted by Isaiah Foskey and JL Skinner.

With needs on the offensive line, edge rusher, and secondary, the Rams should be able to get a good look at these position groups up close.