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Falcons lose Player Personnel Scout Billy Devaney to Nebraska two months before the draft

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The team unexpectedly lost a member of their scouting department.

Sorry, there were not any photos of Billy Devaney
Sorry, there were not any photos of Billy Devaney
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Changes are expected in the offseason. Especially with the Atlanta Falcons saying they will shake up their scouting and player personnel. However, those changes were certainly not expected only two months before the draft.

Atlanta's Player Personnel Scout, and former Rams General Manager Billy Devaney is heading back to college.

Devaney came to Atlanta about two years ago, and leaves oddly quickly. The timing is pretty poor, as scouts are typically most important leading up to free agency and the draft. Here is what the Atlanta Falcons website said about Devaney:

He brings more than 30 years of NFL personnel experience to the Falcons, including four years as the general manager of the St. Louis Rams for 2008 to 2011. Prior to joining the Rams, he served as a senior personnel executive and assistant general manager with the Falcons from 2006 to 2007. Devaney spent two seasons working with CBS Sports pregame NFL coverage after serving as pro personnel assistant for the San Francisco 49ers from 2001-03. He led the San Diego Chargers personnel department for a decade as the director of player personnel from 1990 to 2000. Devaney began his NFL career with the Washington Redskins as a college scout in 1979 then went on to become a pro scout in 1983. A graduate of Elon University, Devaney spent the 2013 season as an analyst for ESPN’s NFL Insiders show.

That is a lot of experience leaving for Nebraska.