Atlanta's pro scouting department has lost long time coordinator DeJuan Polk. The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced that Polk is joining the team as Assitant Director of Pro Personnel.
The former Clemson defensive tackle spent a season as an assistant coach at South Carolina State before joining the Falcons in 2006. He served two years as a scouting assistant in the pro personnel department, then spent 2008 as the team's Midwest area scout. In 2009 he moved back to the pro personnel department as a Pro Scout, and was promoted to Pro Scouting Coordinator in 2011. This past season he carried the title of Pro Personnel Coordinator.
His departure is not too great a surprise, as the team's ongoing reorganization had left him in a bit of a dead end situation. To this point, Polk's entire NFL career had been with the Falcons, but with the team looking outside to bring in Joel Collier as Director of Pro Personnel, taking the next step up the ladder meant heading elsewhere.
Pro scouting and pro personnel is typically a small department. When he became Pro Scouting Coordinator, Polk and former Gators/Colts running back were the only members of the department under Les Snead and Lionel Vital.
When Snead moved on to become GM of the Rams, Carthon went to St. Louis with him. Area scout (and former Georgia Force defensive coordinator) Bob Kronenberg then moved to join Polk on the pro side. Kronenberg remains as the team's Pro Scout under Collier.
The move reunites Polk with Jaguars GM David Caldwell, who was Director of College Scouting for Atlanta, and also with Chris Polian, the former Colts GM who then worked in Atlanta's scouting department before becoming Director of Player Personnel in Jacksonville.
Congratulations to Polk on his new title. And if by chance you ever read this, DeJuan, thank you very much for the last ten years.