2017 NFL General Manager Rankings:

 

(1) Bill Belichick (New England Patriots):

Team’s GM Since: 2000.

Best Draft Picks: Dont’a Hightower (2012 1st Round-25th overall), Devin McCourty (2010 1st Round-27th overall), Rob Gronkowski (2010 2nd Round-42nd overall), Julian Edelman (2009 7th Round-232nd overall), Stephen Gostkowski (2006 4th Round-118th overall), Logan Mankins (2005 1st Round-32nd overall), Vince Wilfork (2004 1st Round-21st overall), Tom Brady (2000 6th Round-199th overall).

Best Free Agent Signings: Rob Ninkovich, Mike Vrabel, and Rodney Harrison.

Best Trade: Getting Randy Moss from Oakland for a 4th round pick.

 

(2) John Schneider (Seattle Seahawks):

Team’s GM Since: 2010.

Best Draft Picks: Bruce Irvin (2012 1st Round-15th overall), Bobby Wagner (2012 2nd Round-47th overall), Russell Wilson (2012 3rd Round-75th overall), K.J. Wright (2011 4th Round-99th overall), Richard Sherman (2011 5th Round-154th overall), Malcolm Smith (2011 7th Round-242nd overall), Earl Thomas (2010 1st round-14th overall), Golden Tate (2010 2nd Round-60th overall), Kam Chancellor (2010 5th Round-133rd overall).

Best Free Agent Signings: Michael Bennett, Doug Baldwin (Undrafted FA), and Cliff Avril.

Best Trade: Trading Max Unger and a 1st round pick for Jimmy Graham and a 4th round pick.

 

(3) John Elway (Denver Broncos):

Team’s GM Since: 2011.

Best Draft Picks: Trevor Siemian (2015 7th Round-250th overall), Matt Paradis (2014 6th Round-207th overall), Derek Wolfe (2012 2nd Round-36th overall), Malik Jackson (2012 5th Round-137th overall), Danny Trevathan (2012 6th Round-188th overall), Von Miller (2011 1st Round-2nd overall), Julius Thomas (2011 4th Round-129th overall).

Best Free Agent Signings: Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware, Emmanuel Sanders, Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward, Chris Harris Jr (Undrafted FA).

Best Trade: Trading Tim Tebow.

 

(4) Ted Thompson (Green Bay Packers):

Team’s GM Since: 2005.

Best Draft Picks: David Bakhtiari (2013 4th Round-109th overall), Mike Daniels (2012 4th Round-132nd overall), Randall Cobb (2011 2nd Round-64th overall), Bryan Bulaga (2010 1st Round-23rd overall), Morgan Burnett (2010 3rd Round-71st overall), Clay Matthews (2009 1st Round-26th overall), T.J. Lang (2009 4th Round-109th overall), Jordy Nelson (2008 2nd Round-36th overall), Josh Sitton (2008 4th Round-135th overall), Mason Crosby (2007 6th Round-193rd overall), Greg Jennings (2006 2nd Round-52nd overall), Aaron Rodgers (2005 1st Round-24th overall).

Best Free Agent Signings: Charles Woodson, Julius Peppers, Sam Shields (Undrafted FA), John Kuhn, Ryan Pickett, Jared Cook.

Best Trade: Trading up for Clay Matthews.

 

(5) Ozzie Newsome (Baltimore Ravens):

Team’s GM Since: 1996 (was with Cleveland before than which turned into the Ravens).

Best Draft Picks: C.J. Mosley (2014 1st Round-17th overall), Rick Wagner (2013 5th Round-168th overall), Kelechi Osemele (2012 2nd Round-60th overall), Torrey Smith (2011 2nd Round-58th overall), Pernell McPhee (2011 5th Round-165th overall), Joe Flacco (2008 1st Round-18th overall), Marshal Yanda (2007 3rd Round-86th overall), Haloti Ngata (2006 1st Round-12th overall), Sam Koch (2006 6th Round-203rd overall), Terrell Suggs (2003 1st Round-10th overall) Ed Reed (2002 1st Round-24th overall), Jamal Lewis (2000 1st Round-5th overall), Jonathan Ogden (1996 1st Round-4th overall), Ray Lewis (1996 1st Round-26th overall).

Best Free Agent Signings: Shannon Sharpe and Matt Birk.

Best Trade: Trading up for Joe Flacco.

 

(6) Reggie McKenzie (Oakland Raiders):

Team’s GM Since: 2012.

Best Draft Picks: Amari Cooper (2015 1st Round-4th overall), Khalil Mack (2014 1st Round-5th overall), Derek Carr (2014 1st Round-36th overall), Gabe Jackson (2014 3rd Round-81st overall), Latavius Murray (2013 6th Round-181st overall).

Best Free Agent Signings: Kelechi Osemele, Donald Penn, Rodney Hudson, Michael Crabtree, and Reggie Nelson.

Best Trade: Trading for Marshawn Lynch.

 

(7) Kevin Colbert (Pittsburgh Steelers):

Team’s GM Since: Became GM officially in 2010 but has been in charge of personnel since 2000.

Best Draft Picks: Le’Veon Bell (2013 2nd Round-48th overall), David DeCastro (2012 1st Round-24th overall), Marcus Gilbert (2012 2nd Round-63rd overall), Maurkice Pouncey (2010 1st Round-18th overall), Emmanuel Sanders (2010 3rd Round-82nd overall), Antonio Brown (2010 6th Round-195th overall), Mike Wallace (2009 3rd Round-84th overall), Lawrence Timmons (2007 1st Round-15th overall), Lamarr Woodley (2007 2nd Round-46th overall), Santonio Holmes (2006 1st Round-25th overall), Heath Miller (2005 1st Round-30th overall), Ben Roethlisberger (2004 1st Round-11th overall), Troy Polamalu (2003 1st Round-16th overall).

Best Free Agent Signings: James Harrison, Ramon Foster (Undrafted FA), Alejandro Villanueva.

Best Trade: Trading Santonio Holmes.

 

(8) Thomas Dimitroff (Atlanta Falcons):

Team’s GM Since: 2008.

Best Draft Picks: Vic Beasley (2015 1st Round-8th overall), Tevin Coleman (2015 3rd Round-73rd overall), Desmond Trufant (2013 1st Round-22nd overall), Julio Jones (2011 1st Round-6th overall), Matt Ryan (2008 1st Round-3rd overall).

Best Free Agent Signings: Alex Mack, Taylor Gabriel (claimed off waivers), Jonathan Babineaux.

Best Trade: Trading up for Julio Jones.

(9) Howie Roseman (Philadelphia Eagles):

Team’s GM Since: 2010.

Best Draft Picks: Carson Wentz (2016 1st Round-2nd overall), Lane Johnson (2013 1st Round-4th overall), Zach Ertz (2013 2nd Round-35th overall), Bennie Logan (2013 3rd Round-67th overall), Fletcher Cox (2012 1st Round-12th overall), Jason Kelce (2011 6th Round-191st overall), Brandon Graham (2010 1st Round-13th overall).

Best Free Agent Signing: Evan Mathis.

Best Trade: Trading up for Carson Wentz.

 

(10) Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys):

Team’s GM Since: 1989.

Best Draft Picks: Ezekiel Elliott (2016 1st Round-4th overall), Dak Prescott (2016 4th Round-135th overall), Zack Martin (2014 1st Round-16th overall), Travis Frederick (2013 1st Round-31st overall), Tyron Smith (2011 1st Round-9th overall), Dez Bryant (2010 1st Round-24th overall), Sean Lee (2010 2nd Round-55th overall), DeMarcus Ware (2005 1st Round-11th overall), Jason Witten (2003 3rd Round-69th overall), Larry Allen (1994 2nd Round-46th overall), Emmitt Smith (1990 1st Round-17th overall), Troy Aikman (1989 1st Round-1st overall), Tony Tolbert (1989 4th Round-85th overall).

Best Free Agent Signings: Deion Lewis, Tony Romo (Undrafted FA), and Terrell Owens.

Best Trade: “The Herschel Walker Trade” (although Jimmy Johnson played a major role in this)

 

Honorable Mentions: Jon Robinson (Tennessee Titans), Rick Spielman (Minnesota Vikings), Steve Keim (Arizona Cardinals), Bob Quinn (Detroit Lions), John Lynch (San Francisco 49ers).

Future Five*: Eliot Wolf (Green Bay Packers), Nick Caserio (New England Patriots), Russ Ball (Green Bay Packers), George Paton (Minnesota Vikings), Peyton Manning (retired football player).

*to qualify for the Future Five you need to be in a NFL front office or a former player without ever having been a NFL GM.

 

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