Colts Shake-Up Scouting Department Following NFL Draft
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Indianapolis Colts have made a significant shake-up in their scouting department following this weekend’s NFL Draft.
Specifically, new Colts general manager Chris Ballard has relieved director of college scouting T.J. McCreight of his duties, as well as other members of the team’s scouting department:
It’s not necessarily surprising, as the scouting department was already in-place upon Ballard’s arrival in late January, and teams rarely make major moves before the NFL Draft–having already had much of the ‘heavy-lifting’ done (not to mention, run the risk of scouts taking their reports and information elsewhere).
Like anything else, Ballard will want to bring in ‘his own guys’.
After all, if your job is going to be on the line based on purely performance, it only seems fitting that you get to choose your own scouting team to go to ‘war’ with. He’s taken the last few months to see who’s worked, who hasn’t, and has made what he’s now deemed as appropriate changes.
Per the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder, one name to watch is the Seattle Seahawks Ed Dobbs, who is their senior personnel executive, to potentially fill a prominent role in the Colts revamped scouting department:
A report that was made previously by CBS Sports Jason La Canfora as well:
Regarding McCreight, he just finished his 5th season as the Colts director of college scouting–having been brought in by former general manager Ryan Grigson in 2012. Prior to joining the Colts, McCreight served as the Arizona Cardinals director of pro personnel (2009-11).
Obviously, it’s hard to see someone lose their job(s).
However, Ballard is clearly putting his stamp on the Colts front office and bringing in scouting personnel that he knows, trusts, and believes are the best for the organization’s success going forward.