The big name in the group is Dennis Hickey, who will serve as a senior college scout. Hickey had been the general manager of the Miami Dolphins for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, but was let go last January in favor of Chris Grier. One of Hickey’s top executives in Miami was new Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen, who was the director of player personnel during Hickey’s tenure.
Interestingly, three of the five hires were part of the staff that was let go the day after the draft. Doug Majeski had been a national scout under Whaley, but will be an area scout under Brandon Beane. Brian Fisher will also be an area scout, which he had been under Whaley, while Gerald Dixon will also return to his old job of pro scout.
The fifth hire is pro scout Curtis Rukavina, who had been the director of pro personnel for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. He had spent his entire career in the CFL, but he did go to school at Erie Community College’s south campus, right across the street from New Era Field.
With the hires, the Bills now list thirteen names in the player personnel department. There will be a few more to come in, but the big posts have been filled and it seems they’re still finding quality names to fill out the rest of the staff.