Rams GM Les Snead has done an awesome job assembling the current roster in Los Angeles. He’s nailed picks such as Aaron Donald, Rob Havenstein, Tyler Higbee, Cooper Kupp, Sebastian Joseph-Day and several others.
But he’s also missed out on some great players, too, as every team has. Not drafting Bobby Wagner in 2012 might be his biggest mistake. Snead even has a “Bobby Wagner Rule” after trading away from the stud linebacker 10 years ago.
The rule is that you shouldn’t get cute and worry about accumulating picks by trading back if a good player you really like falls in the draft. That was the case with Wagner, who went to the Seahawks at No. 47 overall after the Rams traded the 45th overall pick to the Bears for Nos. 50 and 150.
“I call it the ‘Bobby Wagner Rule. There’s a lot of ways to carve a draft strategy … but the ‘Bobby Wagner Rule’ would be, if a player falls to you and you really want that human being, don’t get cute and don’t worry about those extra draft picks,” Snead said in 2020. “Just take that human being and the rest will take care of itself. Some of the best lessons in this business are learned the hard way.