As a disclaimer, I am taking a huge risk by leaving some friends and colleagues that I respect and trust off this list. As a former NFL executive myself, I know first-hand the work, time and effort that each scout puts in. My goal when I started in Green Bay as a pro scout, making $20,000 in my first season, was to become an NFL general manager.
I worked with Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider. Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey was very influential in regards to me being hired in Green Bay. Reggie McKenzie, the Oakland Raiders general manager, was my direct boss. So I feel as if I have a very strong idea of what it takes to run an NFL organization.
Bad decisions on my part and other factors led me down a different career path as a certified sports agent, but I love what I am doing. Being an agent allows me to stay involved in the NFL. I have watched, up close and personal, the men on this list advance their careers to a point where they should all be considered for a role as an NFL general manager. While I only will list 10 names here, there are countless others that deserve credit and recognition as well.
Keep these 10 names in mind next offseason if your team is looking for new leadership, as all of these guys should be considered.