There is plenty going on behind the scenes
In fact, for most franchises, in most seasons, it’s those mid to late-round picks that carry the team over the finish line. Often, the big stars take up the lion’s share of playing time, but eventually succumb to injury, are exhausted, become worn out, or need to be sidelined for other reasons.
Look at this past season for the LA Rams, paying particular heed to those various players who stepped up when called on. Players like NT Sebastian Joseph Day, NT Greg Gaines, DL Marquise Copeland, DB Robert Rochell, DB David Long Jr, ILB Troy Reeder, ILB Travin Howard, and even DB Nick Scott. They are all guys who were added either during or immediately after the draft by the Rams.
Snead was asked to add some insight as to how the Rams analyze the roster and he touched base on this answer at the 14:50 mark. The insight is paraphrased below:
"‘We dissect the draft from top to bottom. We believe in our model, we’ve got very experienced personnel men, our, it’s called ‘Creative Bright’, an analytical group that helps us analyze information and what we have found out is there are players who can help a football team in every single round. It’s not just… ‘getting lucky.’ We couldn’t do what we do, we couldn’t have the team that we have, without the draft’ –"
Hard to be much clearer than that, right? So it is more than just a random disregard for draft picks, any more than spending hard-earned cash for items to repair or replace worn-out appliances in your own household is squandering that money. The Los Angeles Rams do value draft picks.
With that, my discussion came to a close, and my newfound Rams fan-friend ultimately had to leave. He has a system to hit the big one, apparently, and had to get going. As I waved him goodbye, I thought about the upcoming draft. I was off to take in the more insalubrious delights that Las Vegas has to offer. I had plenty of time on my hands. I wouldn’t be needed until the third round, Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft.
That would be when the Super Bowl Champions, the best team in the world, felt the time was right to enter the fray. Or when they would have the occasion to step up to the Draft Podium to finally make a selection. Then, and only then, the party could really get started.
Who needs the first round, anyway? Clearly what the LA Rams are doing right now is working, right?
If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.