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Rams part with 4 scouts, 3 weeks before draft

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NFL personnel department changes are fairly common in the spring, mainly because the scouting calendar does not end in the regular season as it does with coaches but instead continues through the draft.

That’s why the Rams’ moves are somewhat unusual.

With the draft less than three weeks away, Los Angeles has parted with four scouts. Those dismissed reportedly are director of pro personnel Ran Carthon and three area scouts: Evan Ardoin, Danton Barto and Sean Gustus.

Jason LaCanfora of CBS first reported Sunday that Carthon was among the dismissals. On Saturday, Neil Stratton of Inside The League first reported that four Rams scouts were let go, following it with Sunday’s full list.

Much of a club’s legwork for the draft is already done. Pro days are over. Draft boards are all but set.

Moving on from these scouts now may assist their job search, although most jobs elsewhere won’t become officially available until May.

Carthon was the Rams’ director of pro personnel the past five seasons. The ex-Florida running back also worked with Rams GM Les Snead for five years as a Falcons scout.

Ardoin spent eight seasons with the Rams. Barto, a former Arena Football League head coach, and Gustus spent four and five years, respectively.

The timing of the Rams’ decision, however unusual, is far from unprecedented. At about this time last year, the Browns parted  with six scouts whose contracts were set to expire.

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14 Responses to “Rams part with 4 scouts, 3 weeks before draft”
  1. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 9, 2017 6:39 PM

    Did these scouts favor Wentz over Goff?

  2. greg3117 says: Apr 9, 2017 6:53 PM

    The Rams are the new Browns.

  3. micronin127 says: Apr 9, 2017 7:15 PM

    You can’t pay guys through April? What if they get a little something under the table from another team to spill on who the Rams like?

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 9, 2017 7:17 PM

    The scouts were promptly signed to lucrative one day contracts by several teams drafting in the vicinity of the Rams.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 9, 2017 7:18 PM

    It’s a lousy draft so they killed the messengers.

  6. rondayne says: Apr 9, 2017 7:22 PM

    Seems really weird to do this. What’s stopping a division rival from hiring one of these guys and learning exactly how the Rams draft board is set?

  7. bassplucker says: Apr 9, 2017 7:36 PM

    Pro personnel means he was in charge of FA, not the draft. So the implications for the draft aren’t quite as heavy but it does seem to indicate the Rams top brass weren’t happy with what was done (or not done) in free agency this offseason.l

  8. wib22 says: Apr 9, 2017 7:42 PM

    toxic franchise

  9. lgbarn says: Apr 9, 2017 8:14 PM

    Hard to do much in FA when your QB sucks. That’s not on Pro Personnel, that’s on the College Personnel.

  10. scoreatwill says: Apr 9, 2017 8:56 PM

    And firing these scouts BEFORE the draft accomplishes what?
    Welcome to the world of Kroenke Sports Management!

  11. leshon42 says: Apr 9, 2017 8:57 PM

    Elliott Wolf on line #1

  12. raidernation707 says: Apr 9, 2017 10:29 PM

    Sure these scouts can spill the beans on the Rams now, but who in their six sense is concerned about who or what the Rams are taking…Pulled off the biggest trade in draft history (2012) to only have Ogletree to show for smh

  13. truthinesshurts says: Apr 10, 2017 1:24 AM

    Sign one of them, find out who the Rams like, and draft the opposite.

  14. ramfanmatt says: Apr 10, 2017 6:09 AM

    The Rams are one of the worst ran organizations in all of sports. 3 winning seasons in the last 20+ years.

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