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Meet Patriots national scout DuJuan Daniels

We don't often hear much about members of the New England Patriots' scouting staff, but Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel peels back the curtain on Indianapolis native DuJuan Daniels, New England's national scout.

Daniels attended Bishop Chatard High School and was the Star's Mr. Football in 1997. His connection to the Patriots came through his former teammate at Boston College, Brian Flores, who currently serves as the team's safeties coach.

From Doyel's piece:

You never know what will matter. In high school Daniels went to Notre Dame's football camp. He made friends with a safety from Brooklyn named Brian Flores. What did it matter? Pretty soon they were lockering next to each other at Boston College.

What did that matter?

Brian Flores didn't play much for two years. One day he told the guy at the next locker that he was going home.

"Just stay one more practice," Daniels told him.

Flores was moved to linebacker the next day. He started as a junior, led the team in tackles as a senior, parlayed that into a job in New England's scouting department. And in 2006 when the Patriots moved him to coach and asked him for a replacement, Flores recommended his old BC teammate. Daniels was hired a few days later.

"Loaded up the Grand Cherokee and drove back to New England," Daniels says.

For more on Daniels, check out Doyel's piece.