With the 2017 NFL Draft less than three weeks away, the Los Angeles Rams made an interesting move by parting ways with four scouts this week.
After a successful free agency in which they helped fill needs at offensive line and wide receiver, the Los Angeles Rams hope to carry that success over into the 2017 NFL Draft, which is scheduled to officially get underway beginning on April 27. Even without a first-round pick thanks to last year’s deal with the Tennessee Titans to help land Jared Goff, there are plenty of talented players the Rams could still land early on in the second or third rounds that are capable of making impacts as rookies, especially at the wide receiver position.
Los Angeles as an organization has been working extremely hard over the last few months when it comes to evaluating the talent at all positions from this year’s draft class, but there appears to be some concerns with the draft right around the corner. In a move that can only be described as somewhat of a shocker when considering the timing of it all, the Rams seem to have parted ways with four of their scouts.
The timing of this move by the organization seems quite bizarre since most teams would have made a move like this a few months ago or after the draft took place. Los Angeles was already at a disadvantage compared to most teams since they were already without a first-round pick, and it will be interesting to see how the final few weeks leading up to the draft go with these four scouts out of the picture.
As if there wasn’t already enough pressure on Sean McVay and the new coaching staff heading into the draft as the Rams look to bounce back from last year’s disastrous 4-12 finish, this questionable move certainly doesn’t make the situation any easier to deal with. But with all of the evaluations from the last few months, and a general idea of which players they would prefer to target in specific rounds, hopefully this surprise move doesn’t impact Los Angeles too much in the upcoming draft.