A McCloughan family affair?

You never can have enough McCloughans. Or, at least, that's what the 49ers seem to be thinking now that vice president of player personnel Scot McCloughan has hired his brother David away from the Oakland Raiders to become San Francisco's director of college scouting.

The younger McCloughan, at 34 one of the freshest-faced personnel chiefs in the NFL, has received rave reviews for his work in the recent draft from the 49ers' organizational head honcho, head coach Mike Nolan. Now that the new regime's first draft is over, Nolan has given McCloughan free reign to bring in some of his own people to augment the team's personnel department.

And that's just what McCloughan has done, stealing his own blood away from the cross-bay rival Raiders, where David McCloughan, 38, was in the personnel department the past nine years as a scout. The McCloughans' father, Kent, is a longtime Raiders scout who is entering his 40th year with that organization in 2005.

When he was hired in February, Scot McCloughan said he did not plan to make any changes to the 49ers'personnel and scouting departments before the April draft. But now that the draft is over, the changes are coming. McCloughan also stole Matt Malaspina away from the Seattle Seahawks to serve as an Area Scout for the Niners, the same position Malaspina had in Seattle the past five years. Scot McCloughan was Seattle's director of college scouting since 2000 before joining the 49ers.

"He needs to get his staff in order," Nolan said. "He doesn't have all his people, so he's building his staff. His brother is coming in as one of those guys as well as Matt. All those guys are very complementary. They're like Scot. They're football guys. They're very good at their jobs. I'm very excited and looking forward to the staff that he puts together in that area. I think we're just going to get stronger and stronger in the personnel area."

When SFI asked if it was a case of not having enough McCloughans around, Nolan let out with a laugh.

"Well, you do need to complement yourself," Nolan said. "That's kind of like me. When you put your staff together, you want guys that complement you. You don't want the same guys. I want guys better than me, if you really want the truth. You want guys that make you look good. I think that's exactly what (Scot)'s doing."

Though San Francisco's 2005 draft has gained mixed reviews in some circles because it might not dramatically impact the starting lineup this year for a team coming off a dismal 2-14 season, Nolan had nothing but praise for Scot McCloughan's work in the draft and his work in assembling the team's 11-player draft class.

"Scot … what can I say, other than I think he's a tremendous talent," Nolan said. "He's a great evaluator. I thought that the preparation, all the work that went into it, all the way up to the draft and the draft included, was very well organized, very structured. I think we hit the mark on the players we are looking for. Just overall, even the guys we didn't get, who he said was good, who is not, I believe that it was on the mark. He did a fine job."

Now the Niners are adding his big brother, giving the team's personnel department a McCloughan family edge.


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