Les Snead’s second draft as the St. Louis Rams’ general manager cemented him as one of the NFL’s most promising young front office minds. By trading up and down with two separate picks in the first round—one of which he acquired from a blockbuster deal as a rookie GM—Snead came away with two players that he fiercely coveted in Tavon Austin and Alec Ogletree.
By moving up from No. 16 to No. 8 and then down from No. 22 to No. 30, the Rams essentially swapped their second- and seventh-rounders for the Atlanta Falcons’ third and sixth. They also exchanged third-round picks with the Buffalo Bills.
Finally, they packaged their pair of sixth-round picks on Day 3 to land Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy.
The end result was a 2013 draft class consisting of seven players: Austin, Ogletree, safety T.J. McDonald, wide receiver Stedman Bailey, offensive lineman Barrett Jones, cornerback Brandon McGee and Stacy. Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher likely had a role in mind for each of them before they turned their names in to be called.
Injuries can disrupt the best-laid plans, but the following might be what the Rams had in mind when they saw these guys’ names still on the board.