As first reported by Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sports, director of college scouting David McCloughan is leaving the organization. The 49ers confirmed the move, saying “We have given David permission to seek employment elsewhere.”
The departure was not entirely unexpected after his younger brother, Scot, who served for two years as the 49ers’ general manager and three before that as vice president of player personnel, left the team in March in what was described in a mutual parting of ways.
The National Football Post reported just after 6 p.m. that Joel Patten will be hired to replace David McCloughan. Patten, who was with the Rams last season, worked with Baalke in Washington in 2004. He has scouted for three NFL teams (Redskins, Texans, Rams) for the past 14 years, and had an eight-year NFL career of his own as an offensive lineman with the Browns (1980-82), Colts (1987-88), Chargers (1989-1990) and Raiders (1991-92).
Six area scouts work under the 49ers’ director of college scouting.
David McCloughan was entering his sixth season with the 49ers. He is part of a scouting family; in addition to Scot, their father, Kent, has been in personnel with the Raiders for most of the past three decades. David also spent nine years with the Raiders before joining Scot in Santa Clara.
There remains some mystery around the McCloughans’ departure, as both were thought to be close to Baalke. David McCloughan and Baalke both have homes in Loveland, Colo.