ST. LOUIS -- Since taking over as the St. Louis Rams general manager in 2012, Les Snead has proved quite adept at pulling off the draft day trade.
Regardless of who sits across from him at the negotiating table, Snead and the Rams have been one of the most active teams in the league in the past two drafts. The team has made six trades involving draft picks in those two years, three in each. Buffalo, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, Dallas and Houston comprise the list of teams trading with the Rams in that time.
There's no common thread there, aside from the fact that all of them were interested in making a deal. Which is to say, though Snead obviously has his share of close ties around the league after having worked closely with guys like Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff, Cleveland GM Ray Farmer and Jacksonville GM Dave Caldwell, it doesn't mean they're any easier to work with than anyone else.
"That helps, (but) that may be overblown though," Snead said. "You know just about everybody, so you don't pick up a phone and say, I'm calling a stranger. This is gonna be a cold call. But yeah, some relationships you have maybe make the initial calls easier. But I think it's a little overblown that the relationship is gonna get the deal done."
This year, those relationships might draw even more attention than in recent years simply because there are so many general managers with ties to Snead picking close to the Rams' No. 2 selection. Caldwell's Jaguars have the third pick, Farmer and the Browns hold the fourth choice and Dimitroff's Falcons sit at No. 6. Any of those teams would make sense as a possible trade down partner.
What could be more interesting is to see the outcome if more than one of the teams with a GM close to Snead wants to make a move up. Of course, the top priority is always to get the best deal for your team but in this case it's possible that those many close ties could actually make Snead's job more difficult on a personal level.