Somehow, the biggest names when it comes to the front office are all joining the Cleveland Browns. Sunday morning, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that former Washington Redskins GM Scot McCloughan joined the Browns on Saturday “as a personnel consultant for the 2018 NFL Draft.”
Scot McCloughan has joined the Cleveland Browns as a personnel consultant for the 2018 NFL draft, as of Saturday, when he participated in full scouting sessions, according to sources. More coming.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) February 4, 2018
McCloughan has worked with current Browns GM John Dorsey in Green Bay; their time overlapped from 1994 to 1998, when McCloughan was a regional scout and Dorsey was both a scout and the Director of College Scouting. They worked together under former Packers GM Ron Wolf. And, as we all know, Ron’s son, Eliot Wolf, now plays a major role in the Browns’ front office, along with Alonzo Highsmith and Andrew Berry (the lone holdover).
Over the years, McCloughan bounced between the Seahawks, 49ers, and then most recently the Redskins, when he became their GM in 2015. He was fired in March 2017, allegedly due to alcohol issues, which is being disputed with respect to the money remaining on his contract. After leaving Washington, McCloughan started his own scouting agency. Mortenson’s report says that Dorsey “recruited McCloughan to Cleveland with the permission of owner Jimmy Haslam.”
Multiple people, including Mortenson, have already added that McCloughan is “universally recognized as one of the league’s top talent evaluators.” On Saturday, he already “participated in meetings with the team’s full scouting department.” It does appear that he is only consulting through the NFL Draft.
Two things worth noting? In the past, McCloughan has expressed his love for QB Baker Mayfield, comparing him to a shorter Brett Favre. Additionally, he was the GM in Washington while a certain quarterback — Kirk Cousins — was under center.