–Redskins Name Scot McCloughan General Manager
Kids normally hope to be firemen, athletes, doctors or singers when they grow up. Scot McCloughan wanted to be a general manager.
He’ll get to fulfill that wish for the second time in his career now that he’s officially signed on as the Redskins new general manager.
Naturally, McCloughan’s rise to being known as a player personnel savant began at an early age where he both observed and participated in sports. He was a pretty good athlete, actually.
Before college, McCloughan– born in San Leandro, Calif.– was a standout on the football field as a running back, safety and return man. He was even better on the diamond.
McCloughan earned a scholarship to play baseball for Wichita State where he participated in two College World Series, playing third base and designated hitter. He caught the eye of baseball scouts as far back as high school, however.
The Mets selected him in the 10th round of the 1989 Amateur Draft but he opted for college. Three years later, the Toronto Blue Jays drafted him in the same round in June, 1992, and assigned him to Class-A St. Catharines in Ontario.
He jumped around a few minor league levels within the organization before leaving to scout in 1994, his best baseball season statistically. He hit .296 with a .428 slugging percentage, adding three home runs and four triples in 63 games, splitting time between the Hagerstown Suns and Dunedin Blue Jays.
Part of that was a good bloodline.
Scot’s father, Kent McCloughan, played six seasons at cornerback with the Oakland Raiders (1965-70)—he went to the Super Bowl in 1967– and later became a member of the Raiders’ scouting staff for more than thirty years. Scot’s brother, David, played for the Seahawks for two years from 1993-94.
In fact, the Redskins actually drafted Kent out of Nebraska in the third round of the 1965 NFL Draft.
“I had not thought about being a cornerback because at Nebraska I played safety in a zone defense, which meant I could lay back for passes,” Kent told the Washington Post recently. “But I did not have any experience in man-to-man coverage of pass receivers required of a cornerback. So I thought I would have a better opportunity with the Raiders, who needed defensive players at that time.”
In a detailed profile in December, McCloughan explained that his father’s intense work hours watching and scouting players rubbed off on him.
“Scot would join Kent in the basement, where the film projector was set near a bar. Father and son would scout players, sometimes until 2 a.m. When Kent was on the road, Scot would watch film alone and write reports. He’d even skip school to watch the draft, back when it was a weekday nonevent.”
Eventually, as an outfielder in 1994, McCloughan got a job offer to be a regional scout for the Green Bay Packers. He hasn’t looked back since.
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