May 21--Hampton native Morocco Brown, considered a rising star in the business of scouting and evaluating football talent, was hired by the Washington Redskins as director of pro personnel.
Brown, 32, spent the past seven years with the Chicago Bears as assistant director of pro personnel. He will be the No. 3 man on the football side of the Redskins' front office, behind vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato and Scott Campbell, the director of player personnel.
Brown could not be reached for comment. He is expected to complete paperwork and contractual agreements with the Redskins within the next several days.
Brown interviewed for openings with the Redskins and Arizona Cardinals. But his previous relationship with Cerrato and team owner Dan Snyder -- he was an intern with the Redskins in 2000 and 2001 -- and the opportunity to be closer to home tilted him toward Washington.
"It's good to have Morocco back as a member of the Washington Redskins organization," Cerrato said in a press release. "He has worked really hard and deserves this opportunity. His success and hard work have prepared him for this job."
According to the release, Brown will be responsible for coordinating the advance scouting of Redskins opponents and the evaluation of all pro leagues for trades and free-agent prospects.
Brown, a Kecoughtan High graduate, played college football at North Carolina State from 1994-97 and led the Wolfpack in tackles for three consecutive seasons. After a couple of professional tryouts, he caught on as an intern with the Indianapolis Colts.
He came on board with the Redskins as an intern after Snyder bought the team and installed Cerrato in the personnel department, working closely with former personnel director Melvin Bratton.
With the Redskins' front office in transition following Norv Turner's firing and the hiring of Marty Schottenheimer, Brown took a job with the Bears under pro-personnel director Bobby DePaul in 2001.
Brown, the second of three brothers, comes from an athletic family. Older brother Milan, now the head basketball coach at Mount St. Mary's, played college basketball at Howard University. Younger brother Marseilles played college basketball at Richmond and Hampton University.
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