WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NFL Players Association is proud to announce that Dane Vandernat has made a multi-year commitment to be its new director of college scouting. Vandernat will head up a team of experienced scouts in their efforts to recruit, evaluate and select top draft-eligible prospects for the annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
“We are excited to have Dane take over this role as we strive to continue the growth of our game,” said Teri Smith, NFLPA Collegiate Bowl director and acting COO of the NFLPA. “He has hands-on experience in just about every aspect of the scouting and personnel department for an NFL team, which makes him a perfect fit for this position and gives him an understanding of how to positively impact the Collegiate Bowl and its participants.”
Vandernat possesses 10 years of NFL personnel and scouting experience, having worked his way up the ranks within the Oakland Raiders organization. He got his start as a player personnel assistant in 2009 before becoming a pro scout for the team two years later. In 2015, Vandernat was promoted to Oakland’s director of pro personnel. In this capacity, he oversaw daily operations, worked closely with the team’s general manager and continued his deep dive into the evaluation and analysis of prospective players.
“As a former intern with the NFLPA, I’m thrilled for the opportunity to once again work with this great organization,” said Vandernat, who replaces Doug Whaley following his departure to the XFL. “I’ve seen firsthand how our union serves its past, present and future player members both on and off the field, and I can’t wait to be a part of that process through the Collegiate Bowl.”
Featured on Vandernat’s team of scouts will include Ron Hill, who has nearly 40 years of NFL personnel experience, and Ric Serritella, who founded the popular scouting service known as NFL Draft Bible in 2002. As scouting operations consultant, Hill will work closely with college football personnel to identify and evaluate prospects, while Serritella will support Vandernat in compiling a watch list as well as monitoring and driving digital traffic surrounding the Collegiate Bowl.
Founded in 2012, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gives prospective players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. Nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches from all 32 NFL teams attend the annual all-star game to watch live practices, conduct player interviews and review tape.