Joel Collier enters his fifth season with the Falcons, second as a national scout. Collier brings more than 25 years of NFL experience to Atlanta. He joined the Falcons after spending five seasons as the assistant general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2009-13. Collier helped the Chiefs complete one of the best turnarounds in NFL history as the club won the AFC West with a 10-6 record in 2010 after going 4-12 in 2009. Collier helped identify and select Pro Bowl players such as Eric Berry (3), Justin Houston (2), Dontari Poe, and Dexter McCluster in the NFL Draft. He also spent time during the offseason in 2013 working with Head Coach Andy Reid, helping him draft starters T Eric Fisher and TE Travis Kelce.
Before moving to the front office with the Chiefs, Collier served as the New England Patriots secondary coach from 2006-07. In 2007, Collier helped the Patriots post the NFL's first 16-0 regular season and advance to Super Bowl XLII. Under his leadership, CB Asante Samuel earned first his Pro Bowl selection and was a first-team All-Pro in 2007. Additionally, the Patriots ranked fourth in total defense (288.3 yards per game) and sixth in pass defense (190.1 yards per game). He also worked as the assistant secondary coach for the team in 2005.