The Cleveland Browns continue to add to their already “All-Star” front office with the hiring of former 49ers and Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan.
He will join the organization as a personnel consultant to help the new members of the front office prepare for the 2018 NFL Draft in April. Chris Mortensen of ESPN was the first to report the hire.
It’s a very important draft for the Browns as they own twelve picks including the first and fourth overall.
McCloughan worked with general manager John Dorsey back when they worked under Ron Wolf in the Green Bay Packers organization during the 1990s.
He was the general manager of the 49ers from 2008-2009 after spending three seasons in San Francisco as Vice President of Player Personnel. Notable players drafted during his time include quarterback Alex Smith, running back Frank Gore, tight ends Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker, linebacker Patrick Willis, tackle Joe Staley and wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
He then spent time with the Seattle Seahawks as a Senior personnel executive from 2010-2013 which he helped assist with the drafting of Russell Wilson, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman.
McCloughan then spent two seasons as general manager of the Washington Redskins from 2015 until his controversial firing in March of 2017. Washington had back to back winning seasons during his time there. Notable players that were drafted include first round picks guard Brandon Scherff and wide receiver Josh Doctson, defensive back Kendall Fuller and current Browns offensive lineman Austin Retier.
Since his departure from Washington, McCloughan has been running a scouting agency that he started up between his stints in Seattle and Washington that he helps consult NFL teams with.
Comments surfaced back in October that McCloughan said if he was running an NFL franchise that needed a quarterback that he would draft Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
However, Mortensen has reported that the organization doesn’t have a clear cut favorite yet and that Dorsey and the front office will have an extensive process to evaluate the quarterbacks.
This is another smart move by the organization to use any and every resource possible for this very important upcoming draft. McCloughan based on his background and track record is another successful executive that the Browns are using to try to get this franchise on the right track especially at the quarterback position.
McCloughan had some sort of hand in the drafting of Matt Hasselbeck, Aaron Brooks, Alex Smith and Russell Wilson who all had success in some form during their NFL careers.
Dorsey along with recent new hires Alonzo Highsmith, Eliot Wolf and now McCloughan have turned the Browns front office from what was a joke two months ago at this time in the football circles into one of the most, if not the most respected front office in the National Football League.
Respect is nice but it’ll be interesting to see if they can all co-exist like they did in Green Bay and turn the Browns fortunes into the positive direction.