MALIBU – Rams general manager Les Snead has made a habit of calling them “pool party” prospects.
He said that was the phrase coined by new defensive coordinator Raheem Morris to describe the kind of young players the Rams can. dream will still be available when they get their first round in this week’s NFL Draft with the 57th pick overall.
“There are a few players who, as Raheem called him, we would have a poolside party if we could draft them out,” Snead said on Tuesday.
Whether they’re having the party or not, the Rams have the pool.
The backyard infinity pool overlooking PCH and the Pacific Ocean is one of the dazzling features of The Rams’ ‘Draft House’, the 9,000 square foot property in Malibu that the team has rented. to give Snead and McVay a base of operations for the project Thursday through Saturday.
The Rams have scheduled a press conference Tuesday for McVay and Snead to preview the project and for club officials to show off the house, the idea of which is accompanied by sponsorship and a promotional campaign.
It turned out that the coach and general manager were not there and led the press conference by Zoom.
The plan for an NFL Draft in Heaven hit a bump this week when close contact with someone with COVID-19 forced McVay and Snead to delay their move to the Malibu War Room.
McVay and Snead said on Tuesday they had twice tested negative for the virus since they discovered the contact on Monday. They hope to be allowed to start working from home on Friday. It’s day two of the draft, in which the Rams have no choice in the first round the night before.
McVay was light on the COVID-19 hassle and took the opportunity to make a little dazzling of the Arizona Cardinals coach, who joked that the draft house was “ just a McVay ploy ( to) take off his shirt and jump into the pool like he did on “Hard Knocks”.
“As long as we stay asymptomatic and our tests are negative, which is what happened in the last couple of days, we can have fun,” McVay said, “and maybe I’ll be able to take my shirt off when we write, as Kliff Kingsbury said.
With the exception of draft trades, frequent occurrences in Snead’s previous nine drafts, they have no first-round picks for the fifth straight year and six picks in total ranging from second to seventh rounds. .
After losing free agents from nine position groups, the Rams have a lot of holes they would like to fill.
But McVay was probably right when he said they ain’t got no hole must fill.
“We don’t have any major, glaring holes, where it’s like, ‘OK, you have to go to that position or else …'” said McVay. “We are not asking anyone to feel obligated to ‘come in and start immediately. We try to give depth to certain positions. There are different things based on the offensive and defensive staff groupings that we want to try to fill. There are different things that (the coaches of the teams specials) Joe DeCamillis and Dwayne Stukes are looking for.
Snead said not feeling the need to draft a 2021 starter at any position allows the Rams to seek out the best available player every round.
“It’s an attractive place,” Snead said. “It gives you a little freedom.”
McVay said he’s convinced the Rams could get away with it if they didn’t draft a cross after 2020 starter Austin Blythe was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs.
“It’s (in the center) something that, if it happens, it happens, but we’ll be more than comfortable if we don’t end up drafting a center, that we can fill that in with the guys we have on the list by.” that moment, ”McVay said, referring to 2019 starter Brian Allen, little-used Coleman Shelton and a guard who could move around.
McVay said the Rams would look for depth at the cornerback after Troy Hill signed with the Browns.
At the cornerback and wide receiver, McVay and Snead hinted at looking for a player who can act as a punt and kick return, helping the Rams improve this place.
If the draft doesn’t provide a return man, one possibility is DeSean Jackson, the 34-year-old Long Beach Poly High and three-time Pro Bowler product they signed as a free agent.
“Really smart and explosive player,” McVay said in his first comments to reporters since Jackson signed on March 26. “I know he’s had injuries in the past two years. But we are confident in his ability.
The Rams must draft the 57th (round 2), 88th, 103rd (3), 141st (4), 209th (6) and 252nd (7).
If a trade occurs, it would most likely involve trading the 57th pick for a team that wants a particular player in that location and is willing to give the Rams multiple picks later.
Snead said he has had “exploratory” talks with other GMs and expects those talks to continue.
McVay first commented on assault charges against Aaron Donald, then abandoned two days later after video of an April 11 incident in Pittsburgh showed the Rams defensive lineman helping to break up instead of engaging in a brawl.
“I had spoken with Aaron immediately,” McVay said Tuesday. “I have complete confidence in him, and we had complete confidence that the facts would come out and that it would be something that would take care of itself (if) we just practice patience and let the process unfold. .