NFLPA tabs Whaley as director of college scouting

Former Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley, shown in a July 30, 2016 file photo, has a new job.Photo Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Former Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley was named the NFL Players Association’s new director of college scouting on Wednesday.

Whaley is expected to head the recruitment, evaluation and selection process of top draft-eligible prospects for the annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, per the NFLPA.

“We are thrilled to have Doug join our team,” said Teri Smith, NFLPA Collegiate Bowl director and deputy managing director. “His knowledge of the scouting landscape, along with his vast NFL resume, will help continue the Collegiate Bowl’s growth and benefit the game’s participants as they learn the business of football.”

Whaley has 22 years of NFL personnel experience under his belt, including stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Bills. The Pittsburgh native got his start in 1995 with the Steelers as an assistant in their personnel department and returned to the club after a three-year stint with the Seahawks.

In 2010, Whaley was hired by the Bills as their assistant general manager and pro personnel director before being promoted to general manager, where he served from 2013-2017.

“I’m grateful to the NFLPA for entrusting me with this opportunity to work with a marquee collegiate showcase,” Whaley said. “We are an organization that will be with the players for their entire careers both on and off the field. I’m thrilled to serve in this capacity of introducing them to the union, our partners and the many great programs available to help them make the most of their experience.”

Whaley replaces former Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams executive Tony Softli, who stepped down following four years to take over as director of scouting for the Alliance of American Football.