National scout leaves Patriots

National scout Kyle O'Brien, who worked his way up the ranks of the team's personnel department over the last 12 seasons, has left the club, according to league sources.

O'Brien, a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy and Harvard, spent the last two seasons as one of the club's two national scouts. He had been promoted to that position after serving six seasons as an area scout. O'Brien also spent two years earlier in his career working as a pro scout.

Kyle O'Brien

O'Brien originally joined the Patriots as a player personnel intern in 2000 and continued those duties during the Patriots' first Super Bowl season of 2001. His connection to Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli goes back to 1999 when he was a player personnel intern with the Jets.

Given those ties to Pioli, it wouldn't be surprising if O'Brien, a native of Garden City, N.Y., lands in Kansas City.

This is the time of year, after the draft, when scouting departments often undergo change. On Wednesday, the Arizona Cardinals announced that they had hired Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht.

For a look at the Patriots' scouting department as it was constituted last season, click here.