He served as Director of Player Personnel for the Atlanta Falcons for three seasons from 2013-2015. I can say that because Ray is out of the league now and Ozzie (Newsome) has given me credit on that one.”. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. For him, it’s always been about the relationships. He spent the previous five seasons as the club’s Assistant Director of Player Personnel. He also won won a Grey Cup in the CFL as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1989. “I’m heard,” he said. I would never have sent out a resume’ to be a scout. Consider the question, “What former Acadiana-area high school football player owns the most rings in professional football?”. The former University of Tennessee linebacker had been in the Cowboys scouting department when word broke out in May that he’d join the Falcons. His responsibilities also entail evaluating the top 150 college players in a national scouting capacity. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

“I would do my whole report in print. “I’ve got no problems with that. Lionel Vital, a 25-year veteran in scouting and player personnel, will serve as the Director of College Scouting in his first year with the Dallas Cowboys. This is another smart move for Dallas, as their focus both in the front office and in the coaching staff has been to bring in as many bright football minds as possible. “Not at all,” he explained. It was reported just hours ago that Lionel Vital is being hired alongside Will McClay as a Senior Personnel Executive.

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Lionel Vital: Pos: RB, Career: 3 G, 2 TD, 346 Yds, 4.3 Y/A, Redskins 1987, born LA 1963 “I had no aspirations to do this,” Vital said of his mentality at the time. Accoring to a report by Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, the Cowboys are adding former Falcons Director of Player Personnel Lionel Vital to their personnel department.. I’m not going to walk around thinking like that. if ( localStorage.getItem(skinItemId ) ) { A native of Loreauville, Louisiana, Vital graduated from Nicholls State and was selected by the Washington Redskins as a running back in the seventh round of the 1985 NFL Draft. Tell us what you think about “Cowboys Hiring Lionel Vital for Senior Personnel Executive Position” in the comments below. So when the Falcons decided to shift up the front office three years ago and suddenly Vital was out of a job, it was McClay who immediately called Vital with a job offer. And when it came to total takeaways, the Cowboys had just 17, only Oakland, Miami, Cincinnati, the Giants and the Chargers had fewer. “I couldn’t fathom this. The Cowboys explored some new philosophies in Mike McCarthy's first draft as head coach of the team, and Dallas was pleased with the results. } “I try not to take credit (for draft picks), because I don’t want to offend anyone,” Vital said. Love Fortunately for Vital, Rambo didn’t give up. The most obvious answer would seem to be Kevin Faulk, who won three Super Bowl titles in his storied 13-year career with the New England Patriots. We know you and you know us, and this will give you an opportunity to show what you can do,’” Vital said. Would you be interested?’”. You’re laying on the floor in Pocatello, Idaho, writing a report.”. Those numbers, though, might have been larger had Vital not been part of a one-two punch with teammate and second all-time Colonels rusher Oscar Smith.

Those guys succeed in this line of work.”. “There was never a doubt in my mind that I was good enough as a player,” Vital said. Vital served as the Assistant Director of College Scouting with the New England Patriots from 2001-04 after maintaining duties as a National College Scout in 2000. Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX.

OMG Vital helped Washington go 3-0 in those games by rushing for 346 yards and two scores on 80 carries in three games. He was actually trying his hand at baseball in a Chicago White Sox instructional league at the time the Redskins called.
March 15, 2016, 12:49 pm Just think about that for 250 guys.
Switch to the light mode that's kinder on your eyes at day time. “The smart guy is going to lose patience and be too smart for his own good. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. “I’m just fortunate I had a chance to stay in the business all these years,” said Vital, who is currently the Director of College Scouting for the Dallas Cowboys. Get the latest Cowboys news and features in your inbox! “When I sit down with my kids or anybody else, I let them know that people are people. He was now the Assistant Director of Player Personnel with the Dallas Cowboys. “The one (prospect) I was really high on that I feel good about today was Ray Lewis (first-round pick in 1996). The #Cowboys are hiring Lionel Vital as a senior personnel executive, source said. We’re going to work with you and teach you the profession.

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It’s the guy who can get along with people. the meetings, discussing the player, the war room — that’s all natural for me,” Vital said.

The guy who will be grounded, not trying to pretend to know it all. Still only 54 years old with almost 30 years of scouting experience, it’s not out of the question that Vital could be an NFL general manager one day.

“It all worked out.”.

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Cleveland is where he got his start, when Bill Belichick brought him into the scouting department in 1991. “The key people want to hear my thoughts on certain things. Washington had drafted him in the seventh round of the 1985 draft, but Vital suffered a bad hamstring injury and didn’t stick on that talented roster. His NFL playing days were over by that point, and the Roughriders had just released him following the 1989 season.

In 2017, Vital was inducted into the Nicholls State Hall of Fame. “I had some fun, but I didn’t get the opportunity I thought I’d get from it for a lot of reasons,” Vital said, “but that’s something I try not to even dwell on because I didn’t get what I thought I would get out of it at the time. I couldn’t see anything like this. But while some doors didn’t open like Vital hoped in his football life, the scouting ones certainly did. Vital continues to work closely with General Manager Thomas Dimitroff on most college scouting matters as he is an integral part of the personnel decision making team.

Naturally, Vital’s first thought was to stay in shape and try again to make the team in Canada for the 1990 season.

Some area football fans may know Vital received a Super Bowl ring after leading the Redskins in rushing in the three replacement games in the 1987 Super Bowl-winning season. “It’s not a goal at all,” Vital said. Love _g1.setAttribute('src', _g1.getAttribute('data-src') );

That's right, Dalton Hilliard and Garry James weren't the only dynamic duo in Louisiana in the early 1980s. The examples that take the most effort to fight off, though, are the ones from his playing days. Vital then returned to Belichick’s umbrella in New England as the Patriots' dynasty began and later worked with the New York Jets before becoming the Director of Player Personnel for the Atlanta Falcons. Departed: Lionel Vital. While Vital certainly appreciates the history of the twists and turns that have led him to being a respected scouting expert almost three decades after hanging up his cleats, the former Nicholls State standout is also careful to avoid the "what-if" game as much as possible. As fate would have it, however, Vital would never enter law enforcement. FRISCO - The Dallas Cowboys 2020 NFL Draft class, deemed by owner Jerry Jones the franchise’s finest in 15 years, was orchestrated by a small army of behind-the-scenes heroes. All rights reserved. That’s what I love.”.

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