Dawson, Snead Visit St. Louis

Posted Jan 10, 2012

Rams GM candidate Lake Dawson played four seasons for the Chiefs and is now considered an up and comer by many around the league in personnel.

One day after bringing in their first candidate for their vacant general manager job, the Rams doubled up on Tuesday, bringing in a pair of up and coming contenders for interviews.

Lake Dawson, Tennessee’s Vice President of Football Operations, and Les Snead, Atlanta’s Director of Player Personnel, visited St. Louis on Tuesday afternoon and evening, respectively.

Dawson visited in the morning, spending most of his day with Kevin Demoff, the Rams’ Chief Operating Officer/Vice President of Football Operations, and then took a tour of the facilities in which he met various members of the Rams’ front office staff and even said hello to a handful of media members who were in the team’s media room.

After spending the past five seasons with Tennessee, Dawson has emerged as a fast riser on the personnel side and is viewed by many as one of the hottest names available for teams looking for a general manager. The Chicago Bears have also showed interest in Dawson for their general manager job.

Dawson spent his first four seasons with the Titans serving as Director of Pro Scouting beginning in 2007 before being promoted to his current position last year. In his current role, Dawson essentially serves as the right hand man to Tennessee General Manager Mike Reinfeldt as he manages and oversees all day-to-day football operation duties for the pro personnel department and staff, including free agent signings, scouting and advances as well as assisting with all aspects of college scouting and evaluating the Titans roster.

Following a six-year playing career which was cut short by injury, Dawson broke into personnel as a Pro Personnel Assistant for Seattle in 2001. He worked his way up the ladder with the Seahawks before moving on to Tennessee in 2007.

In addition to his many individual merits, Dawson also has ties to coach Jeff Fisher, whom the Rams have targeted as their next head coach. Dawson and Fisher worked together in Tennessee from 2007-2010.

Dawson, 39, played collegiately at Notre Dame. He is married to wife Lori and the couple has three children: Bella, Miles and Leila.

Snead arrived in St. Louis later Tuesday afternoon and went through a similar interview process. Like Dawson, Snead is considered one of the league’s brightest young personnel minds and brings with him a wealth of experience in all facets of talent evaluation.

The Rams aren’t the only team pursuing Snead, however, as he’s also had interest from the Colts and Bears.

In his current role, Snead has been the main sounding board for widely respected Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and in charge of all scouting endeavors on both the pro and college sides for the past three years.

Following a solid college career as a tight end at Auburn, Snead soon jumped into personnel, serving as a part of the pro scouting department in Jacksonville from 1995-97.

Snead moved on from the Jaguars to the Falcons soon after the 1997 season and has been in Atlanta since. His role also includes the tasks of evaluating the current Falcons roster as well as working on player values to help with appropriate spending in free agency.

A native of Eufaula, Ala., the 37-year old Snead has two children: son Logan and daughter Cannon.

The discussions with Dawson and Snead brings the Rams’ general manager interview total to three following Monday’s visit with Philadelphia’s Director of Player Personnel Ryan Grigson.

Grigson, like Snead, is also considered to be a top candidate in Indianapolis and could be of interest for the vacancy in Chicago as well.