New clip reveals Jared Verse wasn't actually Rams' No. 1 option in NFL Draft

Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout, GM Les Snead
Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout, GM Les Snead / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/GettyImages
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The LA Rams emerged from the 2024 NFL Draft with a haul of 10 rookies that could arguably turn out better than the 2023 rookie class did. But the story behind the scenes of any draft is often chaotic, filled with drama, twists and turns, and cul de sacs of emotions throughout the process. So it seems that the team that calmly steps away from the draft and proclaims the cliche': 'We got all of the top players on our board.', fails to acknowledge the numerous times their maneuvers were thwarted by other teams simply saying no.

Months before the 2024 NFL Draft, we published our belief in seven rookie prospects who we had learned the team would be eager to move up to select among a Top-10 selection. But as we continue to state, trades require two teams to be interested in making a deal. And so it goes that even as the Rams were eager to move up, surrendering their two picks in the draft to move up to the New York Jets spot at number 10, the Jets GM Joe Douglas was simply not interested in trading back at that point.

How do we know? Well, we have the video footage of Day 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft, and the conversation between Rams GM Les Snead and Jets GM Joe Douglas to share and decipher:

When the Jets appeared on the clock at the 10th overall pick, the LA Rams had the conversation with the Jets and offered the 19th overall and the 52nd overall pick to move into the 10th overall spot. That offer was simply not sweet enough for the Jets, who did ultimately trade back one spot to the 11th overall pick with the Minnesota Vikings.

While not reflected in actual video footage, did the Rams sweeten their offer with the 2025 Round 2 pick (valued at 380 as well)? At the time of the Round 1 draft pick for the Jets, that sweetened offer is far more likely based on what the team was willing to do later in the draft. And the value of one Round 1 and two Round 2 picks (which we will discuss in the next slide) is far more equitable than the two picks proposed in the above video.