Rams GM: Off the field issues will factor into draft decisions

Rams GM Les Snead will take everything into consideration when making his picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. 

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There have been a lot of off the field issues recently with draft prospects. 

Most recently Shane Ray, the standout outside linebacker from the University of Missouri was cited for marijuana possession. Randy Gregory, outside linebacker from the University of Nebraska was also cited on marijuana charges. And La’el Collins, the standout offensive lineman from LSU is being questioned in a murder trial.

The timing could not be worse for these prospects as they are about to embark on one of the biggest days of their lives. 

St. Louis Rams General Manager Les Snead told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this when talking about Ray.

“You don’t move him off the board, (but) you may put a cautionary sticker on him,” Snead said. “He is where he is. You do have to go back and follow up and do a little work on the character to see kind of the who, what, when, where. 

“With him, whether he was a first-round pick or this causes him to fall, he was going to face adversity in life (and) this is the first adversity that he’s facing maybe as a draftee or NFL player. Like any of us, and I think he said it in his quote, he’s going to have to make better decisions and time will tell. … It’s in his hands, how he handles it.’’  

Rams coach Jeff Fisher agreed with Snead and had this to add.

“I completely agree with Les. We have a short amount of time to get as much information as we can and then we’ll discuss the information that we have and then we’ll adjust it accordingly.’’ 

(h/t St. Louis Post-Dispatch)