Longtime Washington exec Kyle Smith hired as Falcons VP of Player Personnel

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Kyle Smith hired as Falcons VP of Player Personnel originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

After over a decade in Washington, Kyle Smith is moving on.

The longtime front office executive has been hired as the Atlanta Falcons vice president of player personnel, the team announced on Friday. Smith held the same role in Washington for the past season, working with head coach Ron Rivera.

"Kyle literally grew up in this business and is obsessed with, and passionate about, the process of building and managing competitive teams. He is extremely smart, detailed and organized, and he couldn't be more excited to become an Atlanta Falcon," Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot said in the team's statement

The hiring comes just hours after The Athletic's Ben Standig reported that Smith was moving on from Washington. Three other scouts have also been let go, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post.

Smith had spent 11 seasons as a member of Washington's front office and had been in charge of the team's draft board the past three seasons. Prior to his promotion as VP of Player Personnel this past January, Smith was in charge of running the team's college scouting department.

Rivera had praised Smith for his work during the 2020 NFL Draft, but when it came time to hire a general manager, the head coach opted to rework his front office with a pair of more experienced executives: Martin Mayhew and Marty Hurney.

Most of Washington's coaching staff from 2020 will be returning in 2021, but the front office will look significantly different moving forward.