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Tom Modrak hired as BLESTO Scouting director

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/
Long-time NFL scout and front office executive Tom Modrak has been hired as the executive director of BLESTO Scouting, a scouting service currently used by seven teams.

Modrak's NFL career began as a part-time scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1973. Shortly thereafter his work with BLESTO began before he joined the Steelers full time in 1978. Modrak worked his way up the ladder in Pittsburgh, serving as the team's director of pro scouting and overseeing the Steelers' draft for nine seasons.

He was hired as the Philadelphia Eagles' director of football operations in 1998 but was released three years later. From there Modrak moved on to the Buffalo Bills, where in 10 years he served as the team's director of football operations, assistant general manager and most recently as the team's vice president of college scouting.

BLESTO was centered in Pittsburgh and led by Jack Butler for years before he retired five years ago. Rob Kisiel was hired as his Butler's replacement and the organization relocated to Jacksonville, Fla. Modrak, who initially broke into the NFL by working for Butler, is a logical replacement.

While every NFL team relies on their own scouting department to ultimately guide their draft-day decisions, some clubs find that joining a scouting service such as BLESTO is an effective way of cutting down the hundreds of thousands of potential college prospects to watch to a more manageable number.

According to, the official website of the Pittsburgh Steelers, which broke the story on Modrak's new position with BLESTO, the current members of the scouting service include Pittsburgh, Buffalo, the New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars.
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