Kyle Smith is a stud. He's sharp, good looking, dedicated and the apple didn't fall far from the tree.
He's been running the college draft the last two seasons and was instrumental in previous drafts under Scott Campbell, as the lead scout in the Southeast region.
Now he's the new Vice President of Player Personnel for the Washington Redskins.
From the Redskins press release: "The Washington Redskins announced today that they have promoted Kyle Smith to the role of vice president of player personnel.
“Kyle Smith has put in the work over the last 10 seasons and has proven to be a skilled talent evaluator,” said Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder.
“I have been impressed with Kyle’s track record and player evaluation process, and I’m confident in the vision we share for the future of the Washington Redskins,” said Washington Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera.
“I am excited for the opportunity to oversee both the college and professional sides of the scouting department,” said Vice President of Player Personnel Kyle Smith. “Our staff is looking forward to working together with Coach Rivera to build the best team possible.”
In his new role, Smith will now oversee both the college and pro personnel aspects of the front office. Smith has worked in player personnel with the Redskins for 10 seasons and spent three seasons as the team's director of college personnel.
Smith initially joined the team on a full-time basis as an area scout during the 2011 offseason. After being promoted to director of college personnel in June 2017, Smith oversaw the organization's evaluation of collegiate talent, managing scouting efforts at both the area and national levels.
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Smith began his professional career as an intern with the Redskins in 2010. He joined the team on a full-time basis in 2011 and spent six seasons as an area scout for the organization. Prior to his promotion to director of college personnel, Smith oversaw the team’s scouting efforts in the Southeast region, a region that produced the team's first- and second-round picks in both the 2017 and 2018 NFL Drafts."
Smith, the son of long-time NFL general manager and former Redskins executive, A.J. Smith, has been with the Redskins since 2010. Another dynamic talent that developed under Mike Shanahan and beyond, only this time the Redskins managed to smartly retain him.
As we've mentioned several times in this space, the younger Smith and Ron Rivera got to know each other when Rivera was the defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers and Kyle's Dad was the general manager.
As we wrote last week: "I would keep Kyle Smith for possibly a promotion to Vice President of Player Personnel and/or maybe the Assistant General Manager role."
As I pointed out on 106.7 The FAN and Radio.com, it is not known whether Rivera will still hire a general manager to go along with Smith's promotion.
In addition, one name I would look for to take over Smith's former role is Cole Spencer.
This is a very good day for the future of the Washington Redskins.
Chris Russell is the Publisher of Maven & Sports Illustrated's Washington Redskins channel. He can be heard on 106.7 The FAN in the Washington D.C. area and world-wide on Radio.com. Chris also hosts the "Locked on Redskins" Podcast and can be read via subscription to Warpath Magazine. You can e-mail Chris at russellmania09@Gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @Russellmania621.