Eric Stokes enters his second season with the Buccaneers as the director of college scouting. He is responsible for coordinating and compiling the evaluations of all draft-eligible players, while overseeing the entire college scouting staff. Stokes also works closely with GM Mark Dominik and the Buccaneers coaching staff regarding the NFL Draft and college free agency.
In his first year with assisting with the Buccaneers draft, Stokes worked with General Manager Mark Dominik and managed to have to have a productive draft, despite trading the teamís first round pick to the New York Jets in exchange for CB Darrelle Revis. With their second-round pick, the team selected CB Johnthan Banks, the 2012 Thorpe Award winner, given annually to the top defensive back in college football. The team added QB Mike Glennon in the third round and bolstered its defensive line with a pair of fourth round selections Ė DT Akeem Spence and DE William Gholston.
Stokes came to Tampa Bay after 14 seasons of playing and scouting experience in the NFL. Most recently, Stokes worked as the Seahawks' assistant director of college scouting (2010-11), during which time he was instrumental in bringing in the likes of defensive standouts S Earl Thomas (first-round, 2010), S Kam Chancellor (fifth-round, 2010), LB K.J. Wright (fourth-round, 2011) and CB Richard Sherman (fifth-round, 2011).
Prior to that, Stokes spent seven seasons with Seattle as an area scout (2000-01, 2005-09) and three seasons as an assistant in the pro personnel department (2002-04). While serving in the pro personnel department, he was responsible for the weekly advance of upcoming opponents, as well as assisting in the evaluation and writing of player reports on potential talent in free agency, NFL Europe, the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League.
Stokes also played two seasons as a safety for the Seahawks after being selected in the fifth round (121st overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1999 expansion draft before an injury cut his career short. Stokes graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in sociology. He and his wife, Tisa, have three daughters, Erisa, Payton and Madison.