MIAMI DOLPHINS

Miami Dolphins hire Eric Stokes as assistant GM

 

abeasley@miamiherald.com

Dennis Hickey has a new lieutenant: his old lieutenant.

The Dolphins on Thursday announced the hiring of Eric Stokes as their new assistant general manager. Stokes, who was the Buccaneers’ director of college scouting the last two years, replaces Brian Gaine, who was let go shortly after the 2013 season.

“Eric is an experienced and accomplished talent evaluator with a proven record of success at various levels of professional football and we are thrilled to have him join the Dolphins,” Hickey said. “I have been fortunate to have worked with Eric in the past, he is known throughout the NFL as a well-respected forward thinker with strong leadership qualities who will be a great addition to our personnel staff and our organization.”

In Tampa Bay, Stokes was responsible for coordinating and compiling the evaluations of all draft-eligible players and overseeing the entire college scouting staff. Last week, he helped orchestrate a Buccaneers draft that targeted three skill-position players (wide receiver Mike Evans, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Charles Sims) in the first three rounds.

Like Miami, Tampa Bay also has a new general manager. The Bucs hired Jason Licht in January, and turnover in personnel departments after the draft is not uncommon after a new GM is put in place.

Before joining Tampa Bay, Stokes spent the previous 12 years in the Seahawks’ scouting department. Stokes, who is married with three children, also had a brief playing career as a safety.

• The Dolphins on Thursday signed wide receiver Stephen Williams and defensive back Demetrius Wright and waived receiver Ryan Lankford.

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