Marvin Allen, who's in his fourth season with the Falcons was promoted to National Scout on Tuesday, according to Falcons general Manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Allen, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, was the team's Eastern Regional scout. He will now scout nationally and work closely with director of personnel Lionel Vital on national scouting projects.
Allen spent 16 seasons with the New England Patriots, including his last 12 in the player personnel department as an Area Scout. He was responsible for the collection of data on all prospects in his assigned region.
Allen is a graduate of Tulane University and was selected by the Patriots in the 11th round (294th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. In four seasons with New England, he rushed for 378 yards and two touchdowns on 94 carries (4.0 avg.).
The Falcons have also announced that they have promoted Mike Potts and Sae Woon Jo to area scouts. Both Potts and Jo served as scouting assistants in 2012 where their duties included day-to-day operations of the scouting department, draft board preparations, evaluations of college and pro players, and coordinating college and pro workouts and visits.
If we were to list all of the reasons the Falcons morphed from a potential Super Bowl contender to the flotsam and jetsam of the NFL this season, Steven Jackson’s exploding hamstring would not rank first or second.