In addition to bringing on veteran safety O.J. Atogwe on Wednesday, the Eagles have bolstered their scouting department with two experienced hires in senior college scout Greg Gabriel and NFS scout Roger Pollard.
Gabriel, a 29-year NFL scouting veteran, was most recently with the Chicago Bears as the team's director of college scouting from 2001-2010. In his previous position, Gabriel played a key role in crafting the Bears draft plans as well as evaluating college players.
Prior to his nine-year tenure with Chicago, Gabriel spent 16 years in the New York Giants scouting department, beginning in 1985. He contributed to teams that won two Super Bowls and three NFC Championship games with the Giants, where he worked his way up from an area scout to the club's director of player development. Gabriel broke into scouting as a part-time scout with Buffalo in 1981. A three-year starting running back for Canisius College, the Buffalo, N.Y. native contributed to the popular website National Football Post following his tenure with the Bears.
Pollard joins the Eagles personnel department after serving as a college scout for the Miami Dolphins from 2003-08. With Miami, Pollard evaluated talent in the Northeast area with BLESTO responsibilities. Prior to his work with the Dolphins, Pollard coached at the collegiate level in various roles. He was the head coach at Dean College from 1996-98 and was also an assistant coach for 12 seasons with stops at Columbia (2000-02), Jacksonville (1999-00), Brown (1991-94), and Hofstra (1989-91).
Pollard worked on the set of ESPN's "The NFL Matchup Show" before coming to Philadelphia. He also assisted in coordinating the operations of NFL Europe in 2003.
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