If there is a discernible trend that develops in this year's general manager hiring season, I had more than one current club GM tell me it'll be in favor of the candidates who have the most college scouting and draft experience, rather than those who come from the pro personnel side of the equation.
The reasoning is fairly straight forward. With the success of general managers like Thomas Dimitroff in Atlanta, Trent Baalke in San Francisco and Ryan Grigson in Indianapolis -- all of whom had college scouting backgrounds -- that part of a GM's skill set is greatly valued, especially since draft acumen remains the most proven and successful way to build a roster.
"The guys with college backgrounds, they know how to build a team through the draft,'' said one NFL club executive. "You never talk about building a team through free agency, it's always the draft. But it's kind of a unique skill set, running a draft. Everyone thinks they can do it until they try it. But it's almost like being a GM in some ways. And the draft is the most important component of a GM's job description. The teams that always win -- the Steelers, the Giants, the Packers, the Ravens -- they always have pretty good drafts.''
That's why GM candidates like Atlanta's [David] Caldwell, San Francisco's [Tom] Gamble, the Giants' [Marc] Ross, Green Bay's [John] Dorsey and Arizona's [Steve] Keim figure to be among the most in-demand prospects for those clubs seeking new general managers.
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We all know Howie Roseman doesn't even come close to fitting that description, so that leaves me to wonder- were the Eagles ignorant of this trend when they promoted Roseman or was it just another case of them seemingly being smarter than everyone else? The fate of this franchise is very much at stake & this certainly will end up having a lot to do with it.