Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff knew that he’d have to restructure the scouting department after his first lieutenant Les Snead landed the general manager’s job in St. Louis.
Last week, after two high ranking scouts left to join Snead, Dimitroff put the finishing touches on the reorganization by adding former Colts executive Chris Polian as a special area scout (West and special assignments) and by promoting three other members in the personnel department.
Pro scout Ran Carthon and southeast scout Taylor Morton both left to join the Rams. Carthon will head up the Ram’s pro personnel department and Morton is the Rams’ new director of college scouting.
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“We are very happy for the opportunities that Ran Carthon and Taylor Morton have with the Rams organization,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “Unfortunately, we are going to lose two good and up-and-coming personnel men in the league.”
The team had already announced the promotions of David Caldwell to Snead’s old spot of director of player personnel and DeJuan Polk to director of pro scouting.
In the recent round of promotions, Lionel Vital was promoted to associate director of player personnel, and will be the point man on pro players.
Eastern and western national scouts Marvin Allen and Mark Olson remain in place.
On the next level of the team’s scouting hierarchy, the Falcons recently promoted Bob Kronenberg and Anthony Robinson.
Kroneberg, an area scout with a specialty in defensive and offensive line players, will move into Carthon’s old position as a pro scout. Robinson, who was a scouting assistant, will become the midwest scout and Steve Sabo will shift from the midwest to the southeast.
Mike Ross, who was a scouting assistant, will take over the northeast as an area scout. Robinson Payne, an area scout, is leaving the organization to pursue other career opportunities.
Sabo will be the main southeast scout with some overlapping help from Robinson since the region is so important to any team’s scouting efforts.
Also, Mike Potts, who was a scouting intern, was promoted to scouting assistant.
“We feel like we’ve done a nice job of having people in place to step up and assume the positions that were vacated,” Dimitroff said.
The team was happy that it could basically promote from within and bring in Polian. Dimitroff believes the internal promotions help with morale.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith, who also helps with the scouting department, was pleased with how things operated in 2012. Even though the team didn’t have a first- or fourth-round pick because of the Julio Jones trade, he raved about the rookie class after their three-day minicamp was completed.
“I really thought our draft picks looked very good,” Smith said. “The entire draft class. Travian (Robertson), the big defensive tackle. (Safety Charles) Mitchell on defense and (defensive end Jonathan) Massaquoi, those guys, I think showed a lot of what we saw on film and it carried over. Then offensively, unfortunately, Lamar (Holmes) was not able to participate (toe injury), but (fullback) Bradie (Ewing) did a nice job of getting indoctrinated. Peter (Konz), I think we saw that he can play both positions and that’s something that we wanted to make sure that we got cleared up at this camp.