Scout’s Tales: How the Rams Arrived At Picking Aaron Donald

By StLouisRams.com

There are numerous ways NFL teams acquire players, and the Rams’ scouting staff is always hard at work trying to find the next guy who can help them win. In Scout’s Tales, we’ll visit with members of Les Snead’s personnel department and they’ll share stories of how the process brought certain current Rams to St. Louis.

Area Scout John Zernhelt on School Visits and Seeing Aaron Donald.

I scout the Northeast part of the country, and my area covers Virginia to Maine. Each school that I’m assigned, if they’ve got draftable prospects, I’ll visit them three times. You watch them in summer camp; you watch them later in September and again in October.

When you arrive at a school, you get there early in the morning and you meet with the football operations director. He gives you background information on the kid: the hometown, their family and those types of things. After that, you’ll go to a film room and watch tape for the biggest part of the day. You meet with the strength coach. You meet with an academic advisor that gives you some background on the player’s performance in those areas. You meet with the trainer to see if they have ever been injured, how their rehab habits are. Then you go to practice. You get a feel for their effort in practice, how hard they work and that type of thing.

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Rams Rank Among Worst Drafting Teams Since Last Expansion –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — There’s probably no better indicator of success in the NFL draft than simply going with wins and losses.

But as metrics have advanced, other methods for evaluating such things have evolved as well. One such method is the use of “Approximate Value.” It’s a relatively new statistic that has been developed as a means to replicate what “wins above replacement” has become to baseball.

Approximate value assigns a single number intended to indicate performance in a single season for every player. The formula to reach that number is explained here. The goal is to use that number to compare players across positions and seasons.

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Rams Coach Jeff Fisher Says ‘it’s Our Intention to Draft’ a QB –CBSSports

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Five years ago, the Rams took Sam Bradford with the first-overall pick. Three years ago, they swapped a boatload of picks to let the Redskins move up from No. 6 to No. 2 so Washington could take Robert Griffin III. Two weeks ago, the Rams sent Bradford, who has been injured for much of his time in St. Louis, and a 2005 fifth-round pick to the Eagles for Nick Foles, a 2015 fourth-rounder and a conditional second-rounder in 2016.

It would seem that the Rams now consider Foles, who threw 27 touchdowns against two interceptions in 2013, the answer at quarterback. Except that the former third-round pick regressed last season (13 touchdowns and 10 picks), and he’s in the final year of his rookie deal. Oh, and Rams coach Jeff Fisher said this week that the team still plans to take a quarterback in the upcoming draft.

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Morning Ram-blings: Free-agent Grades –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — The St. Louis Rams have mostly stayed out of the fray when it comes to free agency the past two seasons. It’s been a change in direction from the first two seasons under coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead, when the team spent big money on some big-name types.

Those moves didn’t exactly work out and the Rams have devoted most of their attention to drafting and playing youngsters. Still, the Rams have made a handful of moves in this free-agent period.

Coach Jeff Fisher said the team landed its top two defensive free agents in tackle Nick Fairley and linebacker Akeem Ayers. The Rams also re-signed receiver Kenny Britt and tight end Lance Kendricks and traded for quarterbacks Nick Foles and Case Keenum.

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Greg Cosell Breaks Down The WR Draft Class –Audio

The 2015 draft class of receivers is one of the deepest in recent memory, and there are all kinds and types for NFL teams to consider — everything from top-tier game-changers to perfect complementary pieces, to talented players in need of development work. It’s time for Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated and Greg Cosell of NFL FIlms and ESPN’s NFL Matchup to move through this group of pass-catchers player by player and determine their best NFL traits and fits.

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