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Architect of the Stafford trade calls Rams Verse/Fiske catch a “dream scenario”

Whatever you think you know or don't know about the LA Rams draft board for the 2024 NFL Draft, let's clear your mind. What I'm about to share with you was not something I received via text message on draft day from an LA Rams insider, nor is it information that is exclusively mine. It's public information. But the real story is in connecting the dots. And with so many narratives about the LA Rams' strategy on Days 1 and 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft, it's easy to connect the dots in the wrong order.

To begin this discussion, we need to go back to the end of the 2020 NFL season and revisit the mood of the Rams football team after failing to advance past the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the Divisional Round of the 2021 NFL playoffs. Back then, the heroics of then-quarterback Jared Goff braving the cold of the frozen tundra with an injured thumb on his throwing hand were met with quite an antagonistic reaction from Rams HC Sean McVay.

In the social media tweet below, the Rams leak a preview of their Behind the Grind series. And at 0:30, something special happens.

The LA Rams head coach speaks while video footage is shown in the background of Florida State outside linebacker Jared Verse learning that the Rams selected him 19th in Round 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft. But the commentary comes from Rams head coach Sean McVay, who tells a different story:

“If you told me we were going to move (OLB Jared) Verse and (DT Braden) Fiske, that would be unbelievable. That would really be a dream scenario.”

Rams HC Sean McVay

If you follow the narrative, tie it to the events that transpired, and then reconcile everything that happened with the realization that this team did not go into the 2024 NFL Draft without a concrete plan, armed with its first Day 1 pick since signing HC Sean McVay in 2017, you can begin to recognize and admire the tenacity and surgical skill of Rams GM Les Snead.

The Rams obviously wanted to sign both former Florida State Seminoles defensive stars: outside linebacker Jared Verse and defensive tackle Braden Fiske. Now the question is, why?