Rams’ Sneads ranked 2nd best general manager in NFL

Les Snead has become something of a trailblazer in the NFL over the past few years. His aggressive pursuit of a championship came to fruition after numerous successful trades, including one that sent Jared Goff and several Lions draft picks for Matthew Stafford.

Snead has also had deals for Jalen Ramsey, Von Miller, Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler Jr., Aqib Talib, Sammy Watkins and Marcus Peters since 2017. That global mentality has rubbed off on other teams and general managers this offseason with Russell Wilson , Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill and Khalil Mack, among many others, have all been traded.

Undeniably, Snead has been one of the best general managers in the NFL over the past five years, completely transforming a struggling franchise with the help of Sean McVay. And for all the work he’s done to build the Rams roster, he’s getting a lot of recognition.

NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal ranked all NFL general managers and at No. 2 was Snead, behind only the tandem of Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott at Buffalo.

If I approach this exercise as a Power Ranking, I’m giving extra credit to anyone who wins a Super Bowl by acting differently. You also get extra credit if you wear a t-shirt with your own adopted team spirit slogan and having LeBron James Takes Note. You also get extra love for being the one who drafted the greatest defensive player since. Lawrence Taylor …even though Snead drafted Greg Robinson 11 seats in front Aaron Donald in the same draft.

Sean McVay’s ability to develop Snead’s mid/late-round gems into contributors is crucial, but there’s no doubt that the Rams’ approach to trading all of their first-round picks since 2016 has worked. Since 2017, when McVay arrived, Los Angeles has been second in total wins (including playoffs), only behind the Kansas City Chiefs. Thanks to trades and savvy cap management, the Rams are in a perpetual win-now mode that shows no signs of slowing down.

Snead’s ‘F ’em picks’ mentality worked wonders, helping the Rams win a world championship last season despite not having a first-round pick in the last five years – and that they didn’t have one this year and the next as well. Other teams have become more willing to part ways with draft picks, as we’ve seen with trades Wilson, Adams, Hill and Mack.

Turning blockbuster trades into rings is easier said than done, and there’s no guarantee these deals the Broncos, Raiders, Dolphins and Chargers made will result in an improved record or a deep playoff run. . But Snead and the Rams are at least showing there’s another way to build a championship-caliber roster besides just drafting and developing.

That’s not to say the Rams aren’t doing this – see: Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald, Tyler Higbee, Rob Havenstein – but their big acquisitions (like Stafford) have had equally big impacts.

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