1 Apr 2014 04:23 PM EST
-by Joe Everett, Contributing Writer; Image: Thomas Dimitroff’s Atlanta Falcons teams have made it as far as the NFC Championship Game. (Image Source: AP Photo)
The power structure of an NFL team is a very intricate composition that many of the franchises currently struggle maintaining. The following is a ranking of the 32 executives…we’ve already ranked the10, here is 11-20:
11. Phil Emery, Chicago Bears - The Bears may not have qualified for the playoffs but they have drafted well and they are poised to make a run at the division title next season with tons of offensive playmakers and a very talented young offensive line with rookies Kyle Long (1st rd) and Jordan Mills (5th rd) starting in all sixteen games. They re-sign Jay Cutler to a multi-year contract and replaced Julius Peppers with Jared Allen. Things are looking up in Chicago.
12. Thomas Dimitroff, Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons took a terrible tumble down the rankings with terrible offensive line play and a breakout of injuries that took out Julio Jones for the year at the midway point and slowed Roddy White down for the majority of 2013. The team has made some decent draft picks with talents like Marcus Trufant and Robert Alford coming in last year but outside of Julio Jones, the team hasn’t drafted a star level player since Sean Weatherspoon in 2010.
13. Ryan Grigson, Indianapolis Colts - Grigson made a big splash when he drafted Andrew Luck and the Colts went to the playoffs in his rookie season but last season was a bit of a let down considering the change in offensive scheme under new conservative coordinator Pep Hamilton and the trade that sent a future first round pick to Cleveland in exchange for Trent Richardson. In Richardson/Grigson’s defense, picking up a brand new system midway through a season is no small task and the verdict is still out on whether or not that trade was a win but I’m still betting on Grigson coming out looking great.
14. Mickey Loomis, New Orleans Saints - The Saints have one of the best quarterbacks in the league but Loomis has done an excellent job of surrounding Drew Brees with talented playmakers like Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham. Meanwhile, the defense has transitioned to a very effective 3-4 option as of late under coordinator Rob Ryan that features standouts like Kenny Vaccaro, Akiem Hicks and Cameron Jordan.
15. John Dorsey, Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs said goodbye to the Scott Pioli “Patriots West” idea and sent Romeo Crennel packing along the way to give John Dorsey the reigns, another Ted Thompson disciple. Dorsey started out by acquiring eventual starters in linebacker Akeem Jordan, defensive end Mike DeVito and guard Geoff Schwartz who all contributed in a major way this past season.
16. Les Snead, St Louis Rams - Snead made a huge splash in his 1st season as GM with the trade that sent the #2 pick (Robert Griffin III) to Washington in exchange for three first round draft choices and while the Rams were chastised for the trade at the time, St. Louis actually has done very well with the picks. Washington has struggled with an injured RGIII and the Rams have drafted Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers, Alec Ogletree and Tavon Austin in the first rounds of the last three drafts.
17. Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals - The Carson Palmer acquisition has to be looked at as a success considering how well he played in stretches and the fact that he was able to stay healthy for 16 games, something he hasn’t been able to do since he was in Cincinnati. In addition to fixing the quarterback room, Keim also hit on late round steals like Andre Ellington in the 6th round and the decision to select Tyrann Mathieu in the 3rd was possibly the best gamble in last year’s draft.
18. Tom Telesco, San Diego Chargers - All things considered, it certainly doesn’t hurt to inherit a franchise QB like Philip Rivers in your first year on the job. Telesco had an extremely successful first draft by letting talent fall into his lap and recognizing value in every round. DJ Fluker started every game at right tackle, Manti Te’o looks to be a building block on their defense and third rounder Keenan Allen emerged as a go-to option for Rivers and looks to be a star going forward.
19. Rick Spielman, Minnesota Vikings - Spielman has done a commendable job reworking the Vikings’ roster but they still aren’t winning enough games to make the difference. While last year’s draft can be considered a success with three 1st rounders in Sharrif Floyd, Cordarrelle Patterson and Xavier Rhodes, the trades that allowed them to acquire those players were costly so the verdict is still out on Spielman.
20. Reggie McKenzie, Oakland Raiders - McKenzie has not drafted that well but it’s not like he was gifted with a great situation in the first place without a first round pick in his first season (due to the Carson Palmer trade) and being granted control of the island of misfit toys that is Oakland’s roster. However there is hope, as McKenzie’s last draft netted the team DJ Hayden, Menelik Watson and Sio Moore who should all be prominent players in years to come.
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