The Patriots are hiring longtime NFL govt and former participant Alonzo Highsmith to their entrance workplace in a task but to be decided, based on The Athletic.
Highsmith’s arrival signifies Patriots director of scouting Eliot Wolf has increasing affect inside the group. Highsmith and Wolf climbed the Packers’ entrance workplace collectively from 2004-17, then left for Cleveland for 2 seasons. Wolf later joined the Patriots in 2020 as a marketing consultant, whereas Highsmith left to develop into a senior govt advisor in Seattle and later the final supervisor of soccer operations on the University of Miami in 2022.
Highsmith has 23 years of expertise in NFL entrance workplaces. He joined Green Bay’s workers as a university scout in 1999 and has spent most of his profession in faculty scouting. The 58-year-old initially entered the league because the No. 3 general decide within the 1987 draft as a working again out of Miami. Highsmith was a university star for the Hurricanes, however lasted simply six seasons as an NFL participant.
His addition follows a number of exterior teaching hires with connections to Wolf. Last week, the Patriots employed ex-Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt, who has since introduced in former Giants head coach and Packers assistant Ben McAdoo and ex-Browns assistant T.C. McCartney to be the group’s new quarterbacks coach.
Inside the Patriots entrance workplace, director of participant personnel Matt Groh is the highest-ranking holdover from the Bill Belichick period. Groh just lately led a contingent of scouts to the Senior Bowl, an annual showcase for school prospects. His background is primarily in faculty scouting, and in contrast to Wolf and Highsmith, Groh has solely ever labored in New England.
Last month, proprietor Robert Kraft mentioned he needed extra time to evaluate his prime personnel evaluators after parting with head coach Bill Belichick, who additionally had closing say over the roster. Groh and Wolf are the Patriots’ prime in-house executives.