Joel Patten is in his second season with the 49ers as the Director of College Scouting. He joins San Francisco with 14 years of NFL scouting experience and more than a decade of professional playing experience. In his role, Patten oversees the college scouting staff and the daily operations of the department.
In 2009, Patten served as a regional scout for the St. Louis Rams. Prior to joining the Rams, he was a national scout for the Washington Redskins from 2004-08, where he worked alongside 49ers Vice President of Player Personnel Baalke, in 2004. Patten also spent time as a regional scout for the Houston Texans (2000-03) and the Redskins (1996-99).
Patten played eight seasons in the NFL and three in USFL as an offensive tackle. Having originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 1980, he played in 56 career games for the Browns (1980-82), Colts (1987-88), Chargers (1989-90) and Los Angeles Raiders (1991-92). He also played for the Washington Federals (1983-84) and the Orlando Renegades (1985) of the USFL.
A 1980 graduate of Duke University, Patten and his wife, Betsy, live in Chantilly, VA, and have three children - Jake, Christina and Kimberly.