JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars are losing one of their top front-office football employees.
Kyle O'Brien, the Jaguars' director of college scouting since 2013, has been hired as the Detroit Lions' director of player personnel. Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell confirmed the move in a statement Friday morning.
"On behalf of the Jaguars, we are appreciative of all the great work that Kyle has done for the organization over the past three years and are excited for him and his family as they embark on the next step of his career," Caldwell said. "He is a tireless worker and a great person, and will certainly excel in this new role."
O'Brien, hired by Caldwell in May 2013, O'Brien spent 2002-2011 with the New England Patriots, serving as their national scout in 2010-2011, pro personnel scout in 2004-2005 and an area scout in 2003 and again in 2006-09. He spent 2012 as an area scout with Kansas City.
The move from director of college scouting to director of player personnel is considered a promotion. O'Brien worked with new Lions General Manager Bob Quinn in New England.