College scouting director leaving Patriots

Jon Robinson, the Patriots director of college scouting for the last five years, is leaving the team to take a front office position in Tampa Bay, according to a league source.

Robinson will join Jason Licht, with whom he worked in New England. Licht was named general manager of the Buccaneers in January.

ESPN reporter Adam Caplan, citing a league source, said Robinson will serve as the Buccaneers’ director of player personnel, involved in both college and pro scouting.


Robinson joined the Patriots in 2002 when he was hired as an area scout, after three years as a graduate assistant and linebackers coach at Nicholls State.

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In 2006, Robinson was promoted to regional scout, and in 2008 he was promoted again, this time to assistant director of college scouting. He spent one year with that title, becoming director of college scouting in 2009.

Bill Belichick confidant Mike Lombardi was hired by New England as a special assistant earlier this year. Belichick has long consulted with Lombardi on draft and personnel matters, and Lombardi played an integral role during the predraft process.

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