The future is something that is very hard to predict, but it is a task general managers get paid millions of dollars to do. You can gather up all of the statistics 40 times on a player in order to make the right decision.
No matter how much film you watch, not one player is a sure thing. In the end it is all a crapshoot. St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead is in his second year with the team and will need to make some moves in hopes the team begins to turn things around for the better.
Thus far, the St. Louis Rams have made very smart and calculated moves in regards to the draft. On the defensive side of the ball they have collected talented players like defensive tackle Michael Brockers, corner back Jenoris Jenkins and outside linebacker Alec Ogletree. These players have had their instances of growing pains, but overall they are talented players who can make a huge difference on defense.
On the offensive side of the ball, it has been a different story. Snead reached for the stars when he selected wide receiver Brian Quick who has not been a factor on the receiving core with the first pick in the second round last year. The Rams also selected running back Isaiah Pead 50th overall, before players like Alfred Morris and Lamar Miller who have put up decent stats in the NFL. This past draft they traded up to select rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin who, up until a week ago, has not lived up to the hype. It is still early on in their careers to label them as busts, but at the rate they are going they may be on the chopping block come next offseason.
In terms of free agents, Snead has made some head-scratching moves like signing tight end Jared Cook and corner back Cortland Finnegan to big contracts. Cook’s biggest game was his first with the Rams, and outside of that he has been below average.
Finnegan has not been the shut down corner the Rams expected him to be. In fact, he was placed on the season ending injured reserve list.
Although those two high profile names have disappointments, Snead has also made subtle moves like bringing in Jo-Lon Dunbar and William Hayes to help shore up the defense.
There has not been a general manager who has gotten every move right. For the most part Snead has made really good business decisions that can help improve the future. His next big move will involve Sam Bradford. Bradford was having his best season thus far, but the Rams were still not producing. It would be wise for Snead to let next year play out before making Bradford a contract. I do not believe there is an elite quarterback in next year’s draft, but if Bradford fails to produce wins next year, they may be handed a nice top 5 pick in the draft that can help them find a replacement QB.
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