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Ravens beef up personnel department with two national scouts

Ravens beef up personnel department with two national scouts
Ravens players huddle during a rookie minicamp at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Saturday, May 7, 2016. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

Three scouts in the Ravens' personnel department earned promotions Thursday, with two veterans moving from regional to national assignments.

Milt Hendrickson, who was in charge of scouting the middle region of the U.S., and Lonnie Young, the former West regional scout, are the new national scouts. The Ravens' last national scout, Joe Douglas, left in May 2015 to become the Chicago Bears' director of college scouting.

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The position has been unfilled since Douglas left, and Douglas is now the director of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles. In May he snapped up longtime Ravens scout Andy Weidl, who was in charge of the team's East regional scouting.

The Ravens have not had two national scouts in recent memory.

Hendrickson, 42, began as a player personnel assistant in 2005 before moving up to Midwest area scout and then regional scout.

The Ravens have four area scouts and three regional scouts.

Before he worked in the NFL, Hendrickson was an assistant coach at Luther (Iowa) College, a head coach at De Soto (Wisc.) High School and an assistant at Wisconsin-La Crosse. With the Ravens, he has scouted primarily offensive linemen, including Kelechi Osemele, the team's successful second-round pick out of Iowa State in 2012.

Young, 52, played for 12 years in the NFL before going into scouting. He finished his career with 720 tackles and 11 interceptions with the Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets and San Diego Chargers. Then, he joined the Jets' front office in 2002 after working for six years in the McDonald's owner/operator program.

Young came to the Ravens from the Cardinals in 2008. He helped the team select starting cornerback Jimmy Smith out of Colorado in the first round of the 2011 draft.

The Ravens also promoted Andrew Raphael, who joined the organization in 2013, from personnel assistant to Southeast area scout. To fill the Midwest area scout position, the Ravens hired Dwaune Jones away from the New Orleans Saints.

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