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SAMUEL LESTER SNEAD (born January 19, 1971) is the general manager of the Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
of the National Football League
National Football League
. Snead was an all-state offensive guard at Eufaula High School , and switched to tight end at Troy State before attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham and earning a varsity letter for playing on the first NCAA sanctioned Division 3 team UAB Blazers football
UAB Blazers football
; before transferring to Auburn . After college, Snead considered attending medical school, but after serving as a graduate assistant at Auburn, became a scout.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

In 1995, Snead was hired by the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
as a pro scout, where he worked until 1997, when he was hired by the Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
to the same position, but also served as the director of pro/player personnel. On February 10, 2012, the Rams announced that they had hired Snead as their new general manager.

On March 12, 2012, the Rams agreed to a trade with the Washington Redskins that would exchange their #2 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft for the Redskins 6th and 39th overall selections. The Rams also received their 1st round selections for the 2013 and 2014 drafts. In the draft the Rams traded the 6th pick for the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
' 14th pick, and selected defensive tackle Michael Brockers
Michael Brockers
. They used the 39th pick to select cornerback Janoris Jenkins
Janoris Jenkins
.

On May 10, 2014, Snead and the Rams drafted Michael Sam
Michael Sam
, the first openly gay player to enter the draft.

REFERENCES

* ^ Thomas, Jim (2012-09-09). "More for Les: Rams\' Snead takes aggressive stance". St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
. Retrieved 2012-10-28. * ^ " Les Snead at a glance". St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
. 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2012-10-28. * ^ Yasinskas, Pat (2012-02-12). "Source: Rams to hire Les Snead as GM". ESPN
ESPN
. Retrieved 2012-10-28. * ^ Sargent, Jordan (2012-04-29). " 2012 NFL Draft
2012 NFL Draft
Grades: Rams Earn A From SB Nation". SB Nation
SB Nation
. Retrieved 2013-03-23. * ^ Czarnecki, Joe (2012-05-01). "Czar\'s team-by-team NFL Draft grades". CBS Sports
CBS Sports
. Retrieved 2013-03-23. * ^ Babb, Kent (2014-05-10). "St. Louis Rams draft Michael Sam, who could become first openly gay active NFL player". Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-05-11.

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