The Oakland Raiders have poached two scouts from the Dallas Cowboys.
According to ESPN’s Todd Archer (via 247Sports.com’s Patrik Walker), the Cowboys’ West Coast scout, Jim Abrams, became the Raiders’ new director of college scouting in April.
Archer also says Oakland has hired former Dallas scout Walter Juliff. He had worked for the Cowboys for 31 years. During his tenure, he served the team as an assistant director of college and pro scouting, southeast scout, and national college scout.
The Cowboys have lost their second scout to the Oakland Raiders with Walter Juliff leaving to join Mike Mayock’s staff, according to sources. The Raiders named Jim Abrams, the Cowboys’ West Coast scout, as their director of college scouting after the… https://t.co/pFUKF22Xfx
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) May 13, 2019
Nonetheless, the Cowboys’ scouting department has been faring well as of late, per Walker.
Since being brought on in 2009, scouting guru Will McClay has climbed from pro scouting coordinator to VP of player personnel and while a large part of that is due to his own football acumen, it’s also attributable to the scouting staff he’s surrounded himself with.
The Cowboys have become the gold standard as it relates to the NFL Draft, and that’s just a nod to just how good McClay and Co. have been at eyeing prospective talent coming out of the collegiate ranks.
This isn’t the first time the Raiders have lured personnel away from the Cowboys.
Former Dallas assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia joined Raiders head coach Jon Gruden in the same capacity in January 2018. The two worked together with the Tampa Bay Buccanneers from 2oo2 to 2008.
We have named Rich Bisaccia Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator.
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— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) January 12, 2018
Back then, Gruden was the head coach while Bisaccia was the special teams coordinator. The latter eventually became the assistant head coach and running backs coach in their last year in Tampa Bay.
Our hunch: this won’t be the last time the Raiders will poach members of the Cowboys’ coaching staff and front office.