When It Comes to NFL Draft Day, "Nerds" Increasingly Have Their Say

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As sure as the Cleveland Browns will make a pick this weekend that leaves everyone scratching their heads, at some point over the next 72 hours the NFL draft will throw the Los Angeles Rams a late-breaking curveball.

A player they were locking in on will get drafted a pick or two before their turn. Or another team will tempt them with a trade offer.

And all of a sudden Plan A will turn into Plan B, at which point general manager Les Snead will turn to Georgia Tech math wiz Rebecca Lally and computer geeks Ryan Garlisch and Jake Temme and snap off a bunch of questions about a pool of players he is contemplating.

Together, Temme, Lally and Garlisch head up the Rams’ two-year-old analytics department. They are one of about 15 or so fully devoted data-crunching offices across the NFL.

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  • Created By: Shelley Wunder-Smith
  • Created: 04/28/2017
  • Modified By: Shelley Wunder-Smith
  • Modified: 04/28/2017


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