2018 Recruiting Team

Doug Whaley

Director of College Recruiting

Whaley brings 22 years of NFL personnel experience to his new role. The Pittsburgh native got his start in 1995 with the Steelers as an assistant in their personnel department. After serving as the East Coast area scout for the Seattle Seahawks for three years, Whaley re-joined the Steelers as their pro scouting coordinator, helping lead them to two Super Bowl wins during his 11-year tenure. In 2010, Whaley was hired by the Buffalo Bills as their assistant general manager and pro personnel director. He was soon promoted to the position of general manager, where he served from 2013-2017.

B.J. McNorton

College Recruiter (Midwest Region)

McNorton is entering his fourth year as a football scout. He previously spent two years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and one season with the Minnesota Vikings. He attended the University of St. Francis (IN), where he earned his degree in Business Administration (concentration in sports management) while playing defensive back/running back on the football team and competing on the track & field team. His father is Bruce McNorton Sr., who spent 10 years in the NFL as a defensive back for the Detroit Lions and is currently a scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pete Russell

College Recruiter (West/Southwest Region)

Russell is in his fourth season with the NFLPA recruiting department. He spent 16 years working in the NFL as an area scout for the L.A./St. Louis Rams, Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers. Russell was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher out of high school and played in their farm system for two seasons. Upon his release, Russell enrolled at City College of San Francisco, where played fullback and offensive line before earning a scholarship to play at the University of Arizona. There, he won the team’s Bronco Nagursky Award, which is given to a player who plays both offense and defense. Russell currently resides in San Francisco.

Danton Barto

College Recruiter (Mid-Atlantic/Southeast Region)

Barto has served as a player, coach and scout at the pro and collegiate football level. He played at the University of Memphis, setting a school record with 473 tackles and earning All-America honors. After that, he competed in both the AFL and CFL before spending 11 years as a head coach in arena football. Barto then served as a scout for the St. Louis/L.A. Rams for four seasons. He currently resides in Memphis with his girlfriend Christy Hunt and son Will.

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