St. Louis Rams General Manager Les Snead believes Browns owner Jimmy Haslam hit a home run by promoting Ray Farmer to GM last week in the wake of firing Mike Lombardi.
“I definitely do [think he’ll succeed],” Snead said today at the NFL Scouting Combine. “You’ve got to project, our job is to project. So I’m projecting. I would invest in Ray Farmer.”
Snead bet on Farmer in 2002. At the time, Snead oversaw the Atlanta Falcons’ pro scouting operations, and he hired Farmer as a pro scout. It was Farmer's first job in an NFL personnel department.
Snead said he was impressed with Farmer because of his experience as a former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker, his passion for the game and his intelligence.
“I’m a big believer in hiring people smarter than yourself,” Snead said. “He graduated from Duke, so that shows you he’s smarter than I am.
“That was one of the best decisions and easiest I’ve ever made,” Snead said.