The Los Angeles Rams are looking to improve their championship roster this offseason, and they will try to do so without having their head coach or general manager at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The Rams informed the NFL on Sunday that neither Sean McVay nor Les Snead will be attending the Combine in Indianapolis. This corresponds to the way they have operated for the past few years. Los Angeles will still send medical personnel and scouts to Indy, according to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic.
McVay and the LA brass moved into mostly virtual work during the pre-drafting process. They were already trending in that direction before the pandemic, and they’ve done well in the draft in recent years.
“We always try to build where you don’t necessarily need to be there (in person),” Snead told Rodrigue last offseason. “It’s a model that we try to offer.”
The rationale for the Rams’ approach was explained in more detail a year ago. Now that they’ve won the Super Bowl, they can definitely argue that everything they do works.
Also, it should be noted that the Rams have no picks in the first two rounds this year. They probably would have taken the same approach with the Combine, but that could be a factor.
It goes without saying that the draft is important, but the Rams have chosen to sacrifice draft capital for star players in recent years. This approach has paid off hugely, and one star player has hinted that he wants them to stick with it.