Bobby Wagner and NFL Draft experts might know that Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead has been with the team since it was in St. Louis in 2012.

Naturally, Snead has had his fair share of misses from a personnel standpoint. One of those misses was trading back from No. 45 to No. 50 in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, with the belief Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner would still be available.

Instead, the Seahawks drafted Wagner with the 47th overall pick, giving them a player who has since become one of the best inside linebackers of the century.

Snead has dubbed this particular error the “Bobby Wagner Rule” (via Cameron DaSilva of USA TODAY):

“I call it the ‘Bobby Wagner Rule. There’s a lot of ways to carve a draft strategy … but the ‘Bobby Wagner Rule’ would be, if a player falls to you and you really want that human being, don’t get cute and don’t worry about those extra draft picks,” he said. “Just take that human being and the rest will take care of itself. Some of the best lessons in this business are learned the hard way.”

Wagner has been a force of nature since he first stepped in the league, and a formidable opponent of the Rams.

The 29-year-old has been named to six consecutive Pro Bowls, also earning five First Team All-Pro selections (including each of the last four seasons) in the process. He has led the NFL in tackles twice–including last season–and is one of the better linebackers in coverage, as well.

Los Angeles could certainly use Wagner this season. Former inside linebacker Cory Littleton signed with the Las Vegas Raiders in free agency, leaving a glaring hole in the middle of the Rams' defense.

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