Longtime Falcons scout picked as director of pro personnel.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have shaken up their front office, promoting longtime scout Shepley Heard to director of pro personnel.

Heard takes over the role from Joel Collier, who will now serve as a national scout. Heard recently completed his 14th season with the Falcons, including six as a regional scout.

Collier spent the last three years as Atlanta's director of pro personnel. Before that, he served as assistant general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2009-13.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff says the team is "committed to making changes in the best interest of the organization and feel we are putting both Shepley and Joel in positions of strength."

The Falcons are coming off a 7-9 season.