According to Jason La Canfora, here is a series of tweets with the Los Angeles Rams’ intention to fix their scouting department after letting multiple scouts go just a week ago:
Hearing a very strong buzz that long-time Ravens scout/exec Joe Hortiz is top choice become Rams college scouting director after the draft..— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 17, 2017
Rams reshuffling scouting department and informed those w/expiring contracts they won't be back. They tried to interview Hortiz in past...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 17, 2017
They'll pursue Hortiz, who has been w/BAL since '98 and has been college scouting director last 7 years, and Ravens can't block a move now..— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 17, 2017
That doesn't mean Hortiz would have to accept any offer from Rams, but I'd be very surprised if they don't make a real effort to get him— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 17, 2017
Like Canfora said, Hortiz has been with the Ravens for over two decades now, which is very impressive. The Rams would be smart to look at one of the best front offices in the league, particularly under Ozzie Newsome’s tutelage. If Hortiz can bring anything of similar talent to Los Angeles, that’d be a massive steal.
According to the Ravens official site, Hortiz is responsible for: “Hortiz is responsible for all aspects of the college process, coordinating the schedules and cross-checking duties of the area and regional scouts. Hortiz also manages the team’s draft preparation and the evaluation and ranking process of hundreds of NFL draft-eligible prospects.”
For a guy who started in Baltimore as a personal assistant, and to work his way all the way to director of college scouting is extremely impressive. Hortiz is absolutely in play for Les Snead and the Rams, who are looking to add new talent to their front office.