Bears make front office additions

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Following the NFL Draft, Chicago Bears General Manager Ryan Pace is moving on to his next item on the to do list, reshaping the Bears front office.

Pace made three hires Friday. The team’s official release is below:

The Chicago Bears have hired Joe Douglas as director of college scouting, Anthony  “Champ” Kelly as director of pro scouting and Christopher Prescott as an area scout.

Joe Douglas – Director of College Scouting

Douglas spent the last 15-plus years (2000-15) with the Baltimore Ravens, including the last three-plus seasons (2012-15) as the team’s national scout. Prior to being named national scout, Douglas worked as Baltimore’s Southeast area scout (2009-11) while also scouting the East Coast (2008) and Northeast (2003-07). He has been a key contributor in the Ravens drafting such players as QB Joe Flacco, G Ben Grubbs, current Bears LB Pernell McPhee, LB C.J. Mosley, CB Lardarius Webb and G Marshal Yanda.

During his time as the team’s national scout, Douglas covered the evaluation of players from schools across the country, focusing mainly on the southern half of the United States.He also coordinated the undrafted free agent signing process, which helped bring in such talent as WR Marlon Brown, LB Dannell Ellerbe, T James Hurst, LB Albert McClellan, LB Jameel McClain and K Justin Tucker.

From 2000-02, Douglas was the team’s player personnel assistant, coordinating college workouts and draft visits, plus spring and fall scouting, while overseeing the team’s college video library and assisting the pro personnel department in the advance special teams evaluations of the Ravens’ opponents and unrestricted free agents.

Anthony “Champ” Kelly – Director of Pro Scouting

Kelly spent the last eight-plus seasons (2007-15) with the Denver Broncos, including the previous five-plus years (2010-15) as the franchise’s assistant director of pro personnel. Kelly joined the Broncos in 2007 as a Northeast region scout before being promoted to assistant coordinator of pro and college scouting in 2008, a role he held for two seasons.

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As assistant director of pro personnel, Kelly assisted in the evaluation and acquisition of free agents and trades in addition to advance scouting and overseeing assignments of other professional football leagues. He assisted in the coordination of player workouts and visits while also executing cross-check evaluations for the NFL Draft. During his time as assistant director of pro personnel, the Broncos acquired veteran players such as QB Peyton Manning, DT Terrance Knighton, RB Willis McGahee, WR Emmanuel Sanders, CB Aqib Talib, G Louis Vasquez, S T.J. Ward, LB DeMarcus Ware and WR Wes Welker.

Kelly was also previously certified by the NFLPA as a contract advisor.

He was hired by the Broncos after working as the general manager and wide receivers coach for the Lexington Horsemen of United Indoor Football during their 2007 campaign after playing for the Horsemen from 2003-06 where he was a two-time first-team UIF All-Star on defense. While Kelly oversaw the team in 2007, the Horsemen advanced the United Bowl, the IUF’s championship game.

Christopher Prescott – Ar

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Prescott spent the previous two-plus seasons (2013-15) with the New York Jets as a college area scout, covering the Southern (2014-15) and Mid-Atlantic regions (2013).

He joined the Jets after spending 11 years with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2002-12). He started his career in Jacksonville as a scouting assistant (2002-04) before working as a pro scout for three years (2005-07) and a college area scout (2008-12) covering the Northeastern and Southwestern regions.

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