As it comes naturally after every NFL Draft, teams generally make changes within their personnel and scouting departments.
On Thursday, reports surfaced that the Browns have continued to re-assemble theirs as general John Dorsey continues to reshape the organization.
Director of player personnel Chisom Opara and director of college scouting Bobby Vega along with scout Patrick Moore are no longer with the organization according to multiple reports.
Opara and Vega had both been with the Browns for the last 13 years starting with then general manager Phil Savage in 2005. While their hasn’t been much constant in the Browns organization since the team’s return in 1999, those two men were just that despite seven regime changes in the last 13 seasons.
Moore was brought into the organization as a scout in 2013 under Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi.
Along with those three, longtime Browns scout Zac Bocian who has been with the organization for 15 years and scout Scott Levin who has been in Cleveland the last four years is also gone according to InsideTheLeague.com.
The Browns have already hired a new director of college scouting according to the team website. Former New Orleans Saints scout Steve Malin is listed under that title.
Another potential addition to the Browns personnel department could come from the team’s in-house radio show.
Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reported on Thursday that former Ohio State and NFL linebacker and current co-host of “Cleveland Browns Daily” Matt Wilhelm is being considered by Dorsey as a potential addition to the player personnel department.
Wilhelm has been a football analyst since retiring from the NFL in 2011 working for ESPN Cleveland as well as WEWS Channel 5 in Cleveland covering the Browns and Buckeyes as well as co-hosting Browns Daily with Nathan Zegura.
He could be looking at a same path that Dorsey took once his football career was over. After Dorsey retired from football, he joined the Packers front office as a scout which began his executive career which he’s now 27 years into now. The team has not confirmed or denied Grossi’s report but Wilhelm or Dorsey could still be thinking it over.