The NFL is filled with talent on the football field, but it's not often that those in the front offices get the same exposure for their talents. When looking at what truly makes for a great general manager, there's much to consider.
A proven track record of success with the team along with some successful draft picks is ideal, while championships and playoff appearances are icing on the cake. It's a combination of these things that make up a great GM.
A few guys on this list are about to enter their first year with a team, so their ranking was based on prospective success based off their history and the team's current state.
Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson is a great example of a calculated decision-maker who almost always benefits his team with every choice he makes. Whether it be drafting wisely or letting a player go, Thompson has shuffled around the Packers and created a bombarding force of an offense.
He is just one of many great general managers in the league who deserve respect for what they've been able to do.