Blake Beddingfield pretty much has done it all within the Tennessee Titans’ scouting department. Now he gets to run it all.
The franchise announced Wednesday that Beddingfield was promoted to director of college scouting, which puts him in charge of the entire scouting operation.
No one within the organization has held the title of director of college scouting since Mike Ackerley in 2006, the season before Mike Reinfeldt succeeded Floyd Reese as general manager.
“I am happy for our organization and happy for Blake that we were able to get this done,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement announcing the move. “He has earned this new role, as he has been a key piece of our scouting puzzle for a number of years.
“He has a good relationship with our scouts and he understands the type of players that we are seeking to build a championship team.”
Beddingfield spent the past five seasons as scouting coordinator. In that role he ran draft meetings and directed the team’s efforts to gather information on all draft-eligible prospects.
He joined the franchise in 1999 as a scouting assistant and spent six years as an area scout, who primarily focused on players and schools in and around Middle Tennessee.
“I want to thank Mr. Adams, Ruston Webster and Mike Reinfeldt for this opportunity,” Beddingfield said in the release. “I am excited about this new role and the ability to continue to work with an experienced and accomplished group of scouts.
“The transition will be an easy one since I have worked alongside most of the scouts for many years. The Titans have always put a strong emphasis on the draft as a way to build the organization, so I understand the import role that we play in that process.”