ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead likes to break up the offseason into phases, allowing his staff to focus on one thing at a time before moving on to the next order of business.
The crescendo comes a little later this year with the NFL draft not starting until May, but the idea remains the same. Beginning Saturday, the Rams are officially in what Snead likes to call the "All-Star" phase. That means it's time for the litany of all-star games scattered around the country.
At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas takes a look at the Rams' approach to the all-star season and how Snead divvies up his staff in order to make sure all games are watched and scouted properly.
The Senior Bowl, considered the biggest of the all-star games won't come for another couple of weeks. It's the game featuring the biggest and most recognizable names of draft prospects. But it's not the only one where talent can be found. Just in the two years since Snead has been the general manager, he and his staff have found players like linebacker Ray Ray Armstrong, cornerback Brandon McGee and running back Daryl Richardson at some of the "lesser" all-star contests.
Likewise, the Rams haven't been shy about drafting players who go to the Senior Bowl, either. Receiver Brian Quick, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, running back Isaiah Pead, receiver Chris Givens and safety T.J. McDonald are among the current Rams who played in Mobile.
Snead's approach to scouting is clearly quite thorough and though some of the games, including Saturday's Medal of Honor contest, might not have the most familiar names and faces, they might be worth keeping an eye on because chances are at least one player in one unknown game will do something to be recognized and earn a shot in St. Louis.
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