Report: Patriots losing high-ranking personnel executive in coming weeks

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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

According to a new report by Albert Breer in The MMQB, the Patriots are likely to lose director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort in the coming weeks.

As described in Breer's Monday column, Ossenfort's contract is expiring so the Patriots knew they were going to have to replace him. Former Browns assistant GM Eliot Wolf, whom the Patriots recently hired as a consultant, is mentioned as a possible candidate to take over Ossenfort's role.

It's also likely that teams won't have much trouble vetting Ossenfort as a candidate with his reputation already established around the league. Ossenfort has previously interviewed for GM jobs and the Patriots even blocked him from interviewing with the Texans.

From Breer:

Highly-regarded college scouting director Monti Ossenfort will likely be on the move in the coming weeks—he was twice requested for, and blocked from, interviews for the Texans GM job over the last two years, and interviewed for the Browns GM job in January. Ossenfort succeeded Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff in his current role in New England, and has been an integral part of building the second iteration of the Bill Belichick dynasty. For obvious reasons, this figures to be a quieter year for movement in the scouting community (normally, May is when a ton of guys are switching jobs). But in the case of someone like Ossenfort, having an established reputation and relationships should supersede the difficulty teams might have in running a search process amid the circumstances.

Ossenfort has been in the Patriots organization for 15 seasons, and just finished up his sixth as director of college scouting since succeeding now-Titans GM Jon Robinson for the role. He had a major hand in the Patriots' personnel over the past six seasons, which included four Super Bowl appearances and three championships. He deserves some credit for successful draft picks like Jimmy Garoppolo, Trey Flowers, Shaq Mason, and Joe Thuney, and undrafted gems like Malcolm Butler, David Andrews, Adam Butler, and J.C. Jackson.

And the Circle of Life continues in the Patriots front office. It sounds like the college scouting department is Wolf's now.

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