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Tampa Bay Buccaneers name Seattle Seahawks' Eric Stokes director of college scouting

Published May 30, 2012

Eric Stokes has been an NFL player, scout and front office executive, all with the Seattle Seahawks.

Now he is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' director of college scouting, the team announced Wednesday.

Stokes essentially replaces Dennis Hickey, who was promoted last year to director of player personnel overseeing both pro and college scouting departments.

Stokes worked as the Seahawks' assistant director of college scouting (2010-11) and is credited with helping to add defensive standouts such as safety Earl Thomas (first-round, 2010), safety Kam Chancellor (fifth-round, 2010), linebacker K.J. Wright (fourth-round, 2011) and cornerback Richard Sherman (fifth-round, 2011). Stokes also worked as an area scout and assistant in the Seahawks pro personnel department.

Stokes was selected in the fifth round (121st overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Seahawks. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1999 expansion draft before an injury cut his career short.

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