The Redskins promoted Kyle Smith to vice president of player personnel and in the process made the new picture of their front office much clearer.
In the last two weeks, the Redskins hired Ron Rivera to overhaul their football organization and dismissed former team president Bruce Allen and senior vice president of player personnel Eric Schaffer. Doug Williams also got reassigned from personnel to player development.
That left a large hole in the front office that Smith will now fill.
"I have been impressed with Kyle’s track record and player evaluation process, and I’m confident in the vision we share for the future of the Washington Redskins,” Rivera said in a statement.
The statement isn't the first time Rivera complimented Smith. In his introductory press conference, Rivera spoke highly of the Redskins last three draft classes. Smith, with the title of Director of College Scouting, oversaw those three drafts.
Now, Smith will take even more on, combining the pro personnel side with the college side.
"I am excited for the opportunity to oversee both the college and professional sides of the scouting department,” Smith said via statement. “Our staff is looking forward to working together with Coach Rivera to build the best team possible."
Smith could be in a strong position to build the Redskins. The team has the second overall pick in the draft and could easily go into free agency with more than $90 million in salary cap space. There are still plenty of questions, particularly at offensive line, where both Redskins starting guards are pending free agents (Brandon Scherff and Ereck Flowers) and star left tackle Trent Williams sat out the 2019 season.
With Smith heading personnel and Rob Rogers now running contracts, the Redskins are prepared for the offseason. Alex Santos remains in his role as the director of pro personnel, a source confirmed, while Tim Gribble could be in line for a promotion. Gribble had served as assistant director of college scouting under Smith.
It's worth noting, too, that while Rivera and Smith haven't worked together in the NFL, Rivera worked with A.J. Smith during his time with the Chargers. Rivera was the defensive coordinator then in San Diego from 2008 to 2010, and A.J. Smith, Kyle's dad, was the general manager.
Plenty of speculation pointed to Rivera and the Redskins finding a new general manager after the NFL Draft in April. If Smith performs well in the next few months, that could change.
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