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Draft day is end and beginning for Rams' scouts

LOS ANGELES - The results from a year of scouting and research will start to pay dividends when the NFL draft begins Thursday in Nashville, Tenn., with first-round selections.

The Rams hold the No. 31 pick, and six picks in Rounds 3 to 7 Friday and Saturday.

Depending on the players available when their turn comes up, the Rams might make a first-round selection for the first time since 2016, or they might make a trade to move back in the draft and acquire more picks.

Whatever they do, they will be armed with data about every player available, the culmination of work built on the foundation of information gleaned from area scouts.

The yearlong scouting calendar, which already has turned to the 2020 class, has a number of mini-seasons.

This is how the Rams got here.

Summer

Summer for most people begins in June, but for Rams scouts April and May qualify. Last year at this time - before the 2018 draft - they already were looking ahead to 2019 class. That meant making sure rosters and players' jersey numbers

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