D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that former Atlanta Falcons national scout Mark Olson has joined the Detroit Lions as a regional scout. This is part of the team’s promised shake up of their front office this offseason. The Falcons hired two new national scouts in former NFL general managers Phil Emery and Ruston Webster last month.
Olson leaves Atlanta after serving as a scout for 18 years, first joining the team as a scouting assistant in 1998. He was promoted to national scout following the 2013 NFL Draft after serving as their western regional scout since 2009.
In Detroit, Olson will work with new Lions GM Bob Quinn, who worked alongside Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff and assistant GM Scott Pioli during their shared days with the New England Patriots in the early 2000s.
Ledbetter reported earlier this month that the Falcons have moved pro scouts DeJuan Polk and Bob Kronenberg to the college scouting department as part of the shakeup.
Polk first joined the Falcons in the summer of 2006 as a pro personnel scouting assistant before he was promoted in 2011 to pro personnel coordinator. The Falcons hired Joel Collier earlier this month to take over duties as pro personnel director. Polk also worked as a midwest regional scout in the college scouting department in 2008, so this will not be his first foray into college scouting.
Kronenberg joined the team as an area college scout in 2009 and moved into the pro scouting department after the 2012 draft, replacing Ran Carthon in that capacity when the latter joined the then St. Louis Rams‘ front office.
Prior to joining the Falcons, Kronenberg was an assistant coach with the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League from 2003 to 2008. Kronenberg played professionally as an offensive lineman for various teams in NFL Europe, the Canadian Football League and the AFL from 1994 to 2000.