Included in this Matt Maiocco story on an ex-scout who thinks Alex Smith is no good is the story of why that scout, Dave Razzano, was let go by the Rams in 2006:
"I thought he was way over-drafted and way overrated," Razzano said. "I don't think I've been proven wrong. The guy hasn't done it, and he'll get another opportunity. He's getting a little better with the touchdown throws to Vernon Davis. But, boy, the guy I saw at Utah, I was shocked people had him rated that high."
Razzano said then-Rams general manager Charlie Armey asked him to change his grade on Smith to conform with the higher grades others in the Rams' draft room had assigned Smith. The scene escalated into an ugly shouting match. Razzano said he refused to alter his evaluation of Smith. It was the beginning of the end with the Rams for Razzano, he said. He was fired after the 2006 draft. Razzano quickly landed with the Cardinals. Shortly after the Cardinals' appearance in the Super Bowl, Razzano's contract was not renewed after cuts to the team's scouting department, he said.
Should the Rams have embraced Razzano's outlier opinion? On one hand, it's hard to really discern this without more of Razzano's track record; on the other hand, looking at the Rams' draft record over that timeframe (albeit one with Razzano involved) doesn't lead one to believe that they had any idea what they were doing.