Scouting Department Shakeup Announced by St. Louis Rams

By Anthony Blake
St. Louis Rams - 2013 NFL Draft
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During last offseason, the St. Louis Rams underwent some serious changes as an organization. Even though the club hired a new general manager in Les Snead and Head Coach in Jeff Fisher, some residual pieces from the old regime remained. Now that purge may finally be finished with moves that the team announced on Friday within their scouting department.

Three members of the Rams scouting department were shown the door Friday: assistant director of college scouting John Mancini, along with area scouts Drew Casani and Luke Driscoll. Mancini had been with the franchise since their first year moving back to St. Louis in 1995. He worked his way up the ranks from the ticket department into scouting and eventually became former GM Billy Devaney’s right hand man as director of college scouting in 2010.

Driscoll was in his 13th season with St. Louis while Casani was just in his fourth, but has spent time in the past with the San Francisco 49ers in a similar role.

While this time of year is generally reserved for getting geared up for the NFL Draft within the scouting department, the Rams never really had the chance to make this overhaul last offseason. The timing may be peculiar for this type of change, but this seems more likely to be Snead getting all of his ducks in a row for the draft rather than any serious issues.

The majority of the scouting process on the field is already finished, but the workouts and real nuts and bolts of the pre-draft festivities is merely set to begin. The Senior Bowl will be played on Saturday, January 26th and the practices the week before that date are where plenty of draft day decisions are made. Also the NFL Scouting Combine will take place during the final week of February from the 20th through the 26th. Those are all crucial dates in the scouting process from a player personnel perspective.

Now the Rams can fully turn the page on the past decade of futility and look to build off of their best season quite a long time this offseason. Making more sound decisions in the draft will certainly aid that cause and look for Snead to fill these vacancies quickly in preparation for doing just that.

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