The Los Angeles Rams traded defensive end William Hayes and a seventh-round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins, the Rams announced early Friday morning. The Rams received the Dolphins’ sixth-round pick.
"Will has been an integral member of our defense since he became a Ram in 2012," said Rams GM Les Snead. "His passion set the tone for our defense and served as an example for his teammates.”
Over the course of his career, Hayes has been a 4-3 defensive end. With Wade Phillips now their defensive coordinator and switching to a 3-4, the move shouldn’t be too shocking, all things considered.
Phillips said in late January when he was hired, "Four out of the last six teams I’ve gone to were running a 4-3, and we went to a 3-4 and went to the playoffs every year, and they hadn’t been to the playoffs the year before," via ESPN. "I think we can fit whatever we need to fit in. And if we couldn’t, we would change.”
Hayes falls under that change.
The trade gives the Rams eight selections in Rounds 2-7 in the 2017 NFL Draft. They’ve been one of the more busy teams early in free agency, signing wideout Robert Woods, signing Andrew Whitworth, and re-signing Rodger Saffold.