Two potential candidates for the Lions next general manager

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The Lions should consider Ed Dodds of the Indianapolis Colts

Ed Dodds is the current Assistant General Manager of the Indianapolis Colts, being promoted from Vice President of Player Personnel in 2018. He has been majorly involved in scouting and drafting players in Indianapolis and has been the right-hand man of Colts’ GM Chris Ballard. He has been heavily involved in the decisions to draft many of the Colts’ best players.

Even before joining the Colts, Dodds was a big factor in building up the Seattle defense back when they had the “Legion of Boom” and were a well-oiled machine all around, going to two Super Bowls and winning one, and winning 10 playoff games all together. Now, in Indianapolis, he has taken part in building the team from a team picking in the top-10 to a playoff and Super Bowl contender.

In 2017, the Colts drafted notable players safety Malik Hooker, running back Marlon Mack, and linebacker Anthony Walker Jr, plus a number of solid depth pieces (especially on defense).

A year later, Dodds was a leading member of a front office that selected future stars, Quenton Nelson and linebacker Darius Leonard and also got future above-average players such as tackle Braden Smith and running back Nyheim Hines. Overall, Dodds has been a big component in rebuilding two bad teams into playoff and Super Bowl contenders.

Dodds’ track record of being able to spot and develop college talent into All-Pros and above-average starters is something that can’t be ignored. He especially seems to be able to build bad defenses into league-best defenses, something the Lions could definitely use. He’s not the only highly-regarded GM candidate out there, as the Ravens have themselves a very well thought of director on their staff.