With David McCloughan out as the director of college scouting for the San Francisco 49ers, a league source told the National Football Post that veteran scout Joel Patten will be hired to replace him.
Patten, who spent last season with the St. Louis Rams, worked with Trent Baalke, who appears to be the leading candidate to become the next general manager of the 49ers, previously with the Washington Redskins. Patten had two stints scouting for the Redskins and also worked for the Houston Texans.
Patten is well regarded in the scouting community. An offensive tackle during his playing days, Patten made stops with the Browns, Colts, Chargers and Raiders. A Duke product, Patten also played in the USFL for the Washington Federals and the Orlando Renegades.
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