by Aaron Wilson
May 29, 02014
The Cleveland Browns have hired former Washington Redskins executive Morocco Brown as their vice president of player personnel.
“The Browns are better today because we’ve added an exceptional evaluator of talent,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. “In Morocco, we’re getting a tireless worker who is clearly ready for this role, as he’s had multiple GM interviews. I like that he’s a former player that knows the culture of a locker room, and I like that he knows how to grow talent at the NFL level.
“This is a young, vibrant thinker, a detail-oriented, direct communicator who isn’t restricted to operating under antiquated methods. He’ll not only achieve his personal goals, but also will help improve our group and our system. Most importantly, he understands the daily fight, what we need to accomplish in order to identify and acquire the players we need to bring championships to Cleveland.”
Brown spent the past six seasons as the Redskins' director of pro personnel. With the Redskins, he was responsible for coordinating the advance scouting of opponents, participated in all draft meetings and evaluated all professional leagues for potential free agents and trade prospects.
Brown spent the previous seven seasons as assistant director of pro personnel with the Chicago Bears.
He was a team captain and an honorable-mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection at North Carolina State where he played linebacker.
“I first learned what a quality person Morocco is when we played together at NC State," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. "In following his career as a personnel evaluator in the NFL, I see many of the same qualities that made him a great teammate and player: Hard work, commitment, intelligence and instincts. He’s developed a well-deserved reputation around the league for identifying talent, and I know he will do very well with the Browns.”
Added former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan: “No. 1, he’s everything you look for in a person. He’s a hard worker. He’s bright. He’s detailed. He enjoys studying film, and he takes his job very seriously. He’s got a great eye for talent. He also works extremely well with people. I was excited for Cleveland when I learned that the Browns found a way to get Morocco. He’s a great evaluator and a great person as well. He’s one of the best I’ve been around.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun