The Redskins announced a number of changes to their scouting staff and front office, and the results are a number of promotions.
Things start with Cole Spencer and David Whittington leaving their roles as college scouts and moving up to a national scout role. Spencer previously served as the scout for the Southeast region, which is considered by many the top college scouting role. Consider how many players the Redskins have drafted from the Southeast, particularly Alabama, and it's easy to see the impact Spencer made on the Redskins roster. Replacing Spencer in the Southeast role will be Matt Evans, who previously covered the Northeast.
All of the moves underscore a commitment to the scouting staff that the Redskins front office pledged after the dismissal of former general manager Scot McCloughan in 2017. Promoting two more national scouts should also let Director of College Scouting Kyle Smith focus on more big-picture projects and continue to develop the team's roster in other areas.
"We’re excited to announce the changes and additions to our player personnel department,” Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams said in a release. "These individuals have worked extremely hard every day to help build our roster. We value the importance of this department and the personnel that contributes in the day-to-day operations."
Whittington had been covering the Southwest region and will be replaced by Harrison Ritcher. Previously the BLESTO scout, this is Richter's first role in college scouting with Washington.
Peter Picerelli and Ron Rose both got promotions as well. Both served as scouting assistants last season but now Picerelli will be the Northeast scout and Rose will take over as the BLESTO scout.
In an interesting move, the 'Skins added Connor Barringer to the role of football strategy analyst. Barringer had been working for Pro Football Focus prior to his hire in the Washington front office. Tyler Claytor will be the team's new scouting assistant.
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