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Les Snead
General Manager

Biography

Les Snead is in his sixth season as General Manager of the Los Angeles Rams.

Snead’s tenure has been marked by aggressive moves to improve the organization in any way possible, a philosophy he set in motion just days after his hiring and has continued through the 2017 offseason.
In the spring of 2012, Snead directed a trade that sent the second overall pick in the 2012 draft to the Washington Redskins in exchange for the sixth and 39th picks that year as well as Washington’s first round picks in both 2013 and 2014.

Snead made two additional trades in April of 2012 that allowed the Rams to make four of the first 50 selections in the 2012 draft. The surplus of picks allowed the Rams to strategi- cally maneuver in the 2013 draft as well. With St. Louis sitting at No. 16, Snead surmised that he wouldn’t be able to stand pat and land highly- coveted WR/PR Tavon Austin, so he worked out a deal with the Buffalo Bills. The Rams moved up to Buffalo’s eighth spot and selected the speedy playmaker from West Virginia. Austin scored six touchdowns as a rookie – four receiving, one rushing and one on a 98-yard punt return. In the Rams’ win at Indianapolis in 2013, Austin became one of three rookies in NFL history to score three touchdowns of 50 yards or more, joining Hall of Famer Gale Sayers and Randy Moss. Since entering the NFL, Austin is tied for third in punt return touchdowns (three) among all punt returners since 2013.

With the 22nd pick, which the Rams owned as part of the Washington trade, Snead made another deal that helped the club recoup a sig- nificant portion of what he’d sent to Buffalo. The Rams swapped places with the Atlanta Falcons, and with the 30th selection, Snead and company were able to secure the player they’d targeted at No. 22 - Georgia LB Alec Ogletree. As a rookie, Ogletree led the Rams with 155 tackles and added 1.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and an interception. Ogletree led the team in tackles (169) again in his sophomore campaign, and was off to his best start in 2015 boasting 55 tackles and 2.0 sacks in just four games before suffering a season-ending injury. After switching to middle linebacker prior to the 2016 season, Ogletree posted the fifth-most tackles in franchise history amassing 171 stops in 16 games at his new position. The fifth-year player has recorded four of the top-eight single-season tackling perfor- mances in franchise history.

Snead and his staff made a total of 11 selec- tions in the 2014 draft. With their own first-round pick, they took Pittsburgh All-American DT Aaron Donald, who earned Pro Bowl honors and was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the year after posting 9.0 sacks, the second most by any NFL defensive tackle that season. Donald bested his rookie performance in year two and garnered 11.0 sacks, which tied for most in the league at his position on his way to his second-con- secutive Pro Bowl nod. The Rams selected DB Lamarcus Joyner in the 2nd round (41st overall) out of Florida State. Joyner has appeared with 40 games in his career with eight starts as the team’s nickel cornerback in 2016.

In 2015, Snead led a draft that focused on revamping the running game. That started by selecting RB Todd Gurley 10th overall and then selecting four offensive linemen with the team’s next six selections - Wisconsin OL Rob Havenstein (2nd round, 57th overall), Louisville OL Jamon Brown (3rd, 72nd), Iowa T Andrew Donnal (4th, 119th) and Fresno State OL Cody Wichmann (6th, 215th). The Rams made a trade in the second round that allowed the team to gain an extra third-round pick, which Snead used to select Oregon St. QB Sean Mannion. The Rams boasted the third youngest offensive line in the NFL during the 2015 season, which showcased Havenstein who did not allow a sack in his rookie campaign.

Gurley became just the third Rams rookie run- ning back to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark since Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson (1983) and Jerome Bettis (1993). Gurley led all rookies in rushing and finished third among all NFL runners in rushing yards (1,106). His season culminated with a Pro Bowl berth, Pro Football Writers of America Rookie of the Year award and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, marking the second-consecutive year that a Rams’ rookie took home NFL rookie honors (Donald –DPOY 2015). In front of Gurley, Havenstein made 13 starts at right tackle and according to coaches’ film, did not allow a sack at through his position on any snap of his rookie campaign.

The 2016 season kicked off with a blockbuster pre-draft trade from No. 15 overall to No. 1 over- all with the Tennessee Titans to select Cal QB Jared Goff. The trade sent the Titans the Rams’ first-round draft pick (15th), two second-round draft picks (43rd, 45th), and a third-round draft pick (76th) in 2016. Tennessee also obtained Los Angeles’ first-round and third-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. In addition to receiving the No. 1 overall pick, Los Angeles will gain the Titans’ fourth-round (113th) and sixth-round (177th) selections this year. No team has moved farther up in the first round since the New England Patriots did so in 1984.

Despite not owning a first-round selection for just the seventh time in franchise history, Snead used a more aggressive approach to free agency in 2017 to supplement the young talent accu- mulated through the draft on the Rams roster with a veteran presence. The first moves made by Snead with first-year Head Coach Sean McVay were the signings of Pro Bowl T Andrew Whitworth and WR Robert Woods.

In the 2017 NFL Draft, Snead and company maneuvered through some trades to select TE Gerald Everett (2nd, 44th overall) out of the University of South Alabama. The Rams used three of their first four selections on pass catchers, selecting WR Cooper Kupp (3rd, 69th overall) out of Eastern Washington and WR Josh Reynolds (4th, 117th overall), in addition to S John Johnson III with the second of two third round selections (91st overall).

The Rams have reaped early dividends from many of Snead’s initial selections, particularly in the early rounds. Of the 13 players Snead selected in the first or second rounds of his first four drafts, seven were named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team following their first season. That group includes Brockers and CB Janoris Jenkins in 2012, Austin and Ogletree in ’13, Donald in ’14 and Gurley and Havenstein in ’15. Eight of those 13 players are still with the Rams.

Since 2012, the Rams have drafted the most Associated Press Rookie of the year selections, and are second behind Tampa Bay for the most all-rookie selections by the PFWA. Additionally, there have been nine Player of the Week recipients by players drafted by Snead.

Snead and his staff have had plenty of success in post-draft rookie free agency over the last four years. Of the 53 players on the team’s final 2016 roster, 15 joined the Rams as undrafted rookie free agents under Snead’s watch. That group included Pro Bowl P Johnny Hekker and LS Jake McQuaide, starters FB/TE Cory Harkey, C Tim Barnes and special teams anchors such as S Cody Davis, KR/RB Benny Cunningham and WR Bradley Marquez.

Snead inherited a roster that had endured one of the most difficult stretches in league history. From 2007 to 2011, St. Louis posted a 15-65 record (.188 winning percentage), the worst ever by an NFL team during any five-year period. The Rams’ 15 wins during that stretch were the fewest in the league, and Detroit, which had the second-lowest win total during the same time frame, totaled 10 more wins than St. Louis as the Lions won 25 games. From 2012-15, the Rams have logged 27 wins to increase their winning percentage to .422.

The Rams’ 2016 training camp roster was the youngest roster in the NFL last season. Since the Snead administration has been in place, the Rams have boasted the youngest roster during the 2012, 2014 and 2016 seasons. The Rams were the second-youngest team in 2015.

In his role as general manager, Snead partners with Head Coach Sean McVay to direct all per- sonnel decisions for the club. In addition, Snead coordinates all aspects of the club’s football operations with the head coach. He also joins forces with Executive Vice President of Football Operations/C.O.O. Kevin Demoff to direct the team’s business ventures.

Prior to joining the Rams, Snead spent 13 sea- sons with the Atlanta Falcons. He served as the club’s director of player personnel from 2009-11 and also held posts as a pro scout and as the Falcons’ director of pro personnel.

During his time in Atlanta, Snead was part of a personnel staff that signed, traded for or drafted 16 players that went on to earn Pro Bowl honors.

Snead helped construct a roster that has been one of the NFL’s best over the last few years. From 2008-11, the Falcons had four consecutive winning seasons, winning 43 games during that time, which are the fifth-most wins in the NFL over that time period. The Falcons participated in one Super Bowl and two NFC Championship games during Snead’s tenure with the club.

Snead joined the Falcons after three seasons (1995-97) in the pro scouting department of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was hired by the Jaguars prior to the franchise’s first season and helped put together a team that garnered an AFC Championship game berth in just its second year of existence. Jacksonville won its first divi- sion title in Snead’s final year with the team.

Snead played tight end for Auburn from 1992-93 and was part of the Tigers’ perfect 11-0 team
in 1993. He also earned Southeast Region Academic All-American honors during his col- lege career.
The Eufaula, Ala. native was a graduate assis- tant at Auburn after his collegiate playing career ended. Snead also was an administrative assis- tant of football operations at his alma mater in 1995. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and planned to attend medical school until he was offered a graduate assistant coaching position at his alma mater. He earned a Master of Education degree at Auburn while working as a graduate assistant.

Snead is married to Kara Henderson Snead, a sports media personality who has worked for NFL Network, and co-hosted NFL Total Access and provided in-depth interviews, pregame and postgame reports and sideline reports for a variety of shows across the network including NFL Total Access, Around the League, NFL GameDay Morning and NFL GameDay Final. Kara graduated cum laude from Duke University. She began her career as a production assis- tant at ESPN and later ABC News. Her on-air career began at NESN in 1998 as the co-host of NESN’s “Front Row”. From 2000 to 2003, she worked at CNN as a reporter and anchor.

Together, the couple has three children: sons Logan (16) and Tate (13) and a daughter, Cannon (12).

Les Snead is in his sixth season as General Manager of the Los Angeles Rams.

Snead’s tenure has been marked by aggressive moves to improve the organization in any way possible, a philosophy he set in motion just days after his hiring and has continued through the 2017 offseason.
In the spring of 2012, Snead directed a trade that sent the second overall pick in the 2012 draft to the Washington Redskins in exchange for the sixth and 39th picks that year as well as Washington’s first round picks in both 2013 and 2014.

Snead made two additional trades in April of 2012 that allowed the Rams to make four of the first 50 selections in the 2012 draft. The surplus of picks allowed the Rams to strategi- cally maneuver in the 2013 draft as well. With St. Louis sitting at No. 16, Snead surmised that he wouldn’t be able to stand pat and land highly- coveted WR/PR Tavon Austin, so he worked out a deal with the Buffalo Bills. The Rams moved up to Buffalo’s eighth spot and selected the speedy playmaker from West Virginia. Austin scored six touchdowns as a rookie – four receiving, one rushing and one on a 98-yard punt return. In the Rams’ win at Indianapolis in 2013, Austin became one of three rookies in NFL history to score three touchdowns of 50 yards or more, joining Hall of Famer Gale Sayers and Randy Moss. Since entering the NFL, Austin is tied for third in punt return touchdowns (three) among all punt returners since 2013.

With the 22nd pick, which the Rams owned as part of the Washington trade, Snead made another deal that helped the club recoup a sig- nificant portion of what he’d sent to Buffalo. The Rams swapped places with the Atlanta Falcons, and with the 30th selection, Snead and company were able to secure the player they’d targeted at No. 22 - Georgia LB Alec Ogletree. As a rookie, Ogletree led the Rams with 155 tackles and added 1.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and an interception. Ogletree led the team in tackles (169) again in his sophomore campaign, and was off to his best start in 2015 boasting 55 tackles and 2.0 sacks in just four games before suffering a season-ending injury. After switching to middle linebacker prior to the 2016 season, Ogletree posted the fifth-most tackles in franchise history amassing 171 stops in 16 games at his new position. The fifth-year player has recorded four of the top-eight single-season tackling perfor- mances in franchise history.

Snead and his staff made a total of 11 selec- tions in the 2014 draft. With their own first-round pick, they took Pittsburgh All-American DT Aaron Donald, who earned Pro Bowl honors and was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the year after posting 9.0 sacks, the second most by any NFL defensive tackle that season. Donald bested his rookie performance in year two and garnered 11.0 sacks, which tied for most in the league at his position on his way to his second-con- secutive Pro Bowl nod. The Rams selected DB Lamarcus Joyner in the 2nd round (41st overall) out of Florida State. Joyner has appeared with 40 games in his career with eight starts as the team’s nickel cornerback in 2016.

In 2015, Snead led a draft that focused on revamping the running game. That started by selecting RB Todd Gurley 10th overall and then selecting four offensive linemen with the team’s next six selections - Wisconsin OL Rob Havenstein (2nd round, 57th overall), Louisville OL Jamon Brown (3rd, 72nd), Iowa T Andrew Donnal (4th, 119th) and Fresno State OL Cody Wichmann (6th, 215th). The Rams made a trade in the second round that allowed the team to gain an extra third-round pick, which Snead used to select Oregon St. QB Sean Mannion. The Rams boasted the third youngest offensive line in the NFL during the 2015 season, which showcased Havenstein who did not allow a sack in his rookie campaign.

Gurley became just the third Rams rookie run- ning back to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark since Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson (1983) and Jerome Bettis (1993). Gurley led all rookies in rushing and finished third among all NFL runners in rushing yards (1,106). His season culminated with a Pro Bowl berth, Pro Football Writers of America Rookie of the Year award and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, marking the second-consecutive year that a Rams’ rookie took home NFL rookie honors (Donald –DPOY 2015). In front of Gurley, Havenstein made 13 starts at right tackle and according to coaches’ film, did not allow a sack at through his position on any snap of his rookie campaign.

The 2016 season kicked off with a blockbuster pre-draft trade from No. 15 overall to No. 1 over- all with the Tennessee Titans to select Cal QB Jared Goff. The trade sent the Titans the Rams’ first-round draft pick (15th), two second-round draft picks (43rd, 45th), and a third-round draft pick (76th) in 2016. Tennessee also obtained Los Angeles’ first-round and third-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. In addition to receiving the No. 1 overall pick, Los Angeles will gain the Titans’ fourth-round (113th) and sixth-round (177th) selections this year. No team has moved farther up in the first round since the New England Patriots did so in 1984.

Despite not owning a first-round selection for just the seventh time in franchise history, Snead used a more aggressive approach to free agency in 2017 to supplement the young talent accu- mulated through the draft on the Rams roster with a veteran presence. The first moves made by Snead with first-year Head Coach Sean McVay were the signings of Pro Bowl T Andrew Whitworth and WR Robert Woods.

In the 2017 NFL Draft, Snead and company maneuvered through some trades to select TE Gerald Everett (2nd, 44th overall) out of the University of South Alabama. The Rams used three of their first four selections on pass catchers, selecting WR Cooper Kupp (3rd, 69th overall) out of Eastern Washington and WR Josh Reynolds (4th, 117th overall), in addition to S John Johnson III with the second of two third round selections (91st overall).

The Rams have reaped early dividends from many of Snead’s initial selections, particularly in the early rounds. Of the 13 players Snead selected in the first or second rounds of his first four drafts, seven were named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team following their first season. That group includes Brockers and CB Janoris Jenkins in 2012, Austin and Ogletree in ’13, Donald in ’14 and Gurley and Havenstein in ’15. Eight of those 13 players are still with the Rams.

Since 2012, the Rams have drafted the most Associated Press Rookie of the year selections, and are second behind Tampa Bay for the most all-rookie selections by the PFWA. Additionally, there have been nine Player of the Week recipients by players drafted by Snead.

Snead and his staff have had plenty of success in post-draft rookie free agency over the last four years. Of the 53 players on the team’s final 2016 roster, 15 joined the Rams as undrafted rookie free agents under Snead’s watch. That group included Pro Bowl P Johnny Hekker and LS Jake McQuaide, starters FB/TE Cory Harkey, C Tim Barnes and special teams anchors such as S Cody Davis, KR/RB Benny Cunningham and WR Bradley Marquez.

Snead inherited a roster that had endured one of the most difficult stretches in league history. From 2007 to 2011, St. Louis posted a 15-65 record (.188 winning percentage), the worst ever by an NFL team during any five-year period. The Rams’ 15 wins during that stretch were the fewest in the league, and Detroit, which had the second-lowest win total during the same time frame, totaled 10 more wins than St. Louis as the Lions won 25 games. From 2012-15, the Rams have logged 27 wins to increase their winning percentage to .422.

The Rams’ 2016 training camp roster was the youngest roster in the NFL last season. Since the Snead administration has been in place, the Rams have boasted the youngest roster during the 2012, 2014 and 2016 seasons. The Rams were the second-youngest team in 2015.

In his role as general manager, Snead partners with Head Coach Sean McVay to direct all per- sonnel decisions for the club. In addition, Snead coordinates all aspects of the club’s football operations with the head coach. He also joins forces with Executive Vice President of Football Operations/C.O.O. Kevin Demoff to direct the team’s business ventures.

Prior to joining the Rams, Snead spent 13 sea- sons with the Atlanta Falcons. He served as the club’s director of player personnel from 2009-11 and also held posts as a pro scout and as the Falcons’ director of pro personnel.

During his time in Atlanta, Snead was part of a personnel staff that signed, traded for or drafted 16 players that went on to earn Pro Bowl honors.

Snead helped construct a roster that has been one of the NFL’s best over the last few years. From 2008-11, the Falcons had four consecutive winning seasons, winning 43 games during that time, which are the fifth-most wins in the NFL over that time period. The Falcons participated in one Super Bowl and two NFC Championship games during Snead’s tenure with the club.

Snead joined the Falcons after three seasons (1995-97) in the pro scouting department of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was hired by the Jaguars prior to the franchise’s first season and helped put together a team that garnered an AFC Championship game berth in just its second year of existence. Jacksonville won its first divi- sion title in Snead’s final year with the team.

Snead played tight end for Auburn from 1992-93 and was part of the Tigers’ perfect 11-0 team
in 1993. He also earned Southeast Region Academic All-American honors during his col- lege career.
The Eufaula, Ala. native was a graduate assis- tant at Auburn after his collegiate playing career ended. Snead also was an administrative assis- tant of football operations at his alma mater in 1995. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and planned to attend medical school until he was offered a graduate assistant coaching position at his alma mater. He earned a Master of Education degree at Auburn while working as a graduate assistant.

Snead is married to Kara Henderson Snead, a sports media personality who has worked for NFL Network, and co-hosted NFL Total Access and provided in-depth interviews, pregame and postgame reports and sideline reports for a variety of shows across the network including NFL Total Access, Around the League, NFL GameDay Morning and NFL GameDay Final. Kara graduated cum laude from Duke University. She began her career as a production assis- tant at ESPN and later ABC News. Her on-air career began at NESN in 1998 as the co-host of NESN’s “Front Row”. From 2000 to 2003, she worked at CNN as a reporter and anchor.

Together, the couple has three children: sons Logan (16) and Tate (13) and a daughter, Cannon (12).