NFL GM Rankings 2024: Howie Roseman, Brett Veach, Eric DeCosta at the Top

Who are the best general managers in the NFL? Ranking all 32 NFL GMs, including Howie Roseman (Eagles), Brett Veach (Chiefs), and Eric DeCosta (Ravens).

The first thing you notice when ranking the best general managers in the NFL is that the league’s front office crop is as strong as ever. With more refined processes and analytically-based decision trees in place, most GMs are efficient, forward-thinking, and proactive.

Sure, every NFL general manager has made missteps. But the days of significant free agent overpays or one-sided draft-day trades are mostly in the past. By and large, team executives make intelligent decisions that benefit their teams in the short- and long-term.

Of course, some GMs are inherently better at acquiring talent and managing rosters than others. Here’s how we rank the NFL’s 32 general managers entering the 2024 season.

2024 NFL GM Rankings

32) George Paton, Denver Broncos

While George Paton was a respected executive and sought-after GM candidate during his time with the Minnesota Vikings, he made two of the most infamous errors in NFL history upon taking the Denver Broncos‘ top job in 2022.

Paton hired Nathaniel Hackett, who consistently failed as Denver’s head coach and was fired before his first campaign concluded. That same offseason, Paton sent a massive package to the Seattle Seahawks to acquire Russell Wilson, then extended him sight unseen. You know how that worked out.

31) Terry Fontenot, Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have had an interesting 15 months or so:

  • Mar. 2023: Became the only NFL team to publicly announce they would not pursue franchise-tagged QB Lamar Jackson, who would go on to win his second MVP award.
  • Jan. 2024: Failed to hire Bill Belichick; reportedly didn’t place arguably the league’s GOAT head coach among their top three candidates.
  • April 2024: Used the No. 8 overall pick on QB Michael Penix Jr. despite signing fellow QB Kirk Cousins to a four-year, $180 million deal ($90 million guaranteed) in March.

30) Dan Morgan, Carolina Panthers

It’s probably too early to judge Dan Morgan, who replaced Scott Fitterer as the Carolina Panthers‘ general manager in January. It’s not necessarily his fault that Carolina’s previous regime failed to extend EDGE Brian Burns, leaving Morgan with little choice but to move on.

In this year’s draft, Morgan wiped out one intelligent trade (landing the Los Angeles Rams’ 2025 second-round pick) with another not-so-wise move (trading up for RB Jonathon Brooks).

We’ll probably need another offseason before we can truly judge Morgan’s plan.

29) Tom Telesco, Las Vegas Raiders

One of only two retread GMs heading into 2024, Tom Telesco mostly hit on his first-round picks as the Los Angeles Chargers’ top executive, but depth was a consistent issue. He routinely failed to hit on mid- and late-round draft picks, depriving LA of young, cost-controlled assets.

The Chargers were one of the league’s least forward-thinking, analytic-friendly organizations with Telesco running the show. Los Angeles had only three analytics staffers in 2023, per ESPN’s Seth Walder, while the Las Vegas Raiders only had four.

It’s no surprise that Telesco has never traded down in a draft.

28) Joe Hortiz, Los Angeles Chargers

Telesco’s replacement, Joe Hortiz, hasn’t done much for us to judge.

The longtime Baltimore Ravens personnel man stuck to positional value by drafting OT Joe Alt and WR Ladd McConkey with his first two picks, but the Los Angeles Chargers didn’t do anything of note in free agency.

How Hortiz executes Jim Harbaugh’s vision will determine his future in Los Angeles.

27) Eliot Wolf, New England Patriots

While Eliot Wolf isn’t technically the New England Patriots‘ GM yet, he ran free agency and the team’s draft following Bill Belichick’s departure. Robert Kraft and Co. are interviewing other candidates for the job, but Wolf is viewed as the heavy favorite.

Wolf attacked the Patriots’ needs with vigor in the draft, landing a potential franchise QB in Drake Maye in Round 1 before adding WRs Ja’Lynn Polk and Javon Baker and offensive linemen Caedan Wallace and Layden Robinson.

New England has a long way to go, but Wolf has the club on the right track.

26) Adam Peters, Washington Commanders

The top-ranked first-year GM on our list, Adam Peters is admittedly receiving credit for volume additions in Washington.

The Commanders‘ talent base was so egregious that free agent additions like LB Frankie Luvu and center Tyler Biadasz will represent significant upgrades. Even aging contributors such as RB Austin Ekeler and LB Bobby Wagner might be a step up.

Washington’s free agent approach should lift the club’s roster floor, while its draft haul could increase its ceiling. Jayden Daniels has dual-threat ability, and his fit within Kliff Kingsbury’s offense makes him an obvious Week 1 starter. Johnny Newton might have been a mid-first-round pick if not for a foot injury; the Commanders got him at pick No. 36.

25) Joe Schoen, New York Giants

Although the New York Giants seemed willing to slow-play a rebuild when Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll took over in 2022, it seems like New York’s instant success — nine wins and a trip to the Divisional Round — changed their outlook.

Re-signing Daniel Jones at $40 million per year was a fatal mistake that could ultimately cost Schoen his job, especially because the Giants didn’t add a quarterback in this year’s draft.

24) Trent Baalke, Jacksonville Jaguars

It’s difficult to give Trent Baalke too much credit for selecting Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 draft. Since taking over as the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ GM midway through 2020, he’s overinvested in positions like linebacker and tight end. Taking Travon Walker over Aidan Hutchinson in 2022 also looks like an error.

23) Mickey Loomis, New Orleans Saints

Years of salary cap mismanagement have finally caught up to the New Orleans Saints, who haven’t won more than nine games in a season since 2020.

Mickey Loomis’ leveraged-to-the-hilt strategy has sometimes worked, but usually only after New Orleans hit home runs in the draft. Barring another miraculous draft class, the Saints are looking at irrelevance for the time being.

22) Ran Carthon, Tennessee Titans

Winning the offseason doesn’t always translate to on-field success, but Ran Carthon and the Tennessee Titans have given second-year QB Will Levis every chance to succeed in 2024.

Tennessee added RB Tony Pollard, WRs Calvin Ridley and Tyler Boyd, center Llyod Cushenberry, and CB Chidobe Awuzie, traded for CB L’Jarius Sneed, then selected OT JC Latham and DT T’Vondre Sweat in the draft.

Will the Titans’ roster overhaul work? That’s yet to be determined, but we respect the effort.

21) Omar Khan, Pittsburgh Steelers

A 20+ year veteran of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ front office, Omar Khan acted quickly when Kenny Pickett — his predecessor’s first-round QB choice — proved incapable of above-average play.

Khan traded Pickett to the Philadelphia Eagles while signing starter Russell Wilson and trading for upside backup Justin Fields. It was a creative solution for a unique Pittsburgh problem.

Khan used the past two drafts to give the Steelers’ offense a punishing identity, adding three offensive line starters in Broderick Jones, Troy Fautanu, and Zach Frazier.

20) Joe Douglas, New York Jets

For the most part, Joe Douglas’ process has been sound for the New York Jets. He stuck to premium positions when drafting OT Mekhi Becton and QB Zach Wilson, but those prospects didn’t work out. DT Quinnen Williams and CB Sauce Gardner were hits, while WR Garrett Wilson also looks like a star.

In the end, the Aaron Rodgers trade will define Douglas’ tenure. Making the move for Rodgers after Wilson flailed through his first two NFL seasons was wise, but Rodgers’ 2023 Achilles injury threw a wrench into New York’s plans.

Now, it’s playoffs or bust for Douglas, head coach Robert Saleh, and every other Jets decision-maker.

19) Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, Minnesota Vikings

The only NFL general manager who emerged from an analytic track, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah hasn’t necessarily followed all the tenets of a statistically-minded GM.

The Minnesota Vikings tried and failed to trade up for QB Drake Maye in this year’s draft, ultimately landing J.J. McCarthy at No. 10 while overpaying to select EDGE Dallas Turner at No. 17.

Using rookie quarterback savings to sign free agents like EDGEs Jonathan Greenard and Andrew Van Ginkel and LB Blake Cashman was the right move. Still, Adofo-Mensah has left Minnesota with little margin for error.

18) Chris Grier, Miami Dolphins

Chris Grier deserves credit for nailing the 2020 and 2021 draft classes, giving the Miami Dolphins contributors like QB Tua Tagovailoa, WR Jaylen Waddle, OT Austin Jackson, G Robert Hunt, EDGE Jaelan Phillips, and S Jevon Holland. Miami has also been aggressive on the trade market, adding All-World talents Tyreek Hill and Jalen Ramsey to its depth chart.

Grier, who also hired the right head coach in Mike McDaniel, has a lot of hits. However, his tenure might ultimately be graded by how he navigates a potential Tua extension.

17) Andrew Berry, Cleveland Browns

Andrew Berry has constructed a Cleveland Browns roster essentially without weaknesses.

Cleveland is among the forward-thinking franchises in the NFL. The Browns’ tactics in free agency, trades, and the draft — and their willingness to consistently prioritize cash spending over cap — have given them one of the best top-to-bottom depth charts in the league.

But Berry, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, and others also signed off on trading for Deshaun Watson despite him facing two-dozen accusations of sexual misconduct. Cleveland guaranteed Watson $230 million and structured his 2022 contract to limit his financial loss in the event of a suspension.

Talent always wins out in the NFL, but that doesn’t make it right. Berry will take the fall if Watson continues to faceplant on the field.

16) Jerry Jones/Will McClay, Dallas Cowboys

Will McClay, who handles the Dallas Cowboys‘ drafts, would rank much higher on his own.

Dallas’ draft hauls have been among the league’s best during McClay’s tenure. He’s hit on first-rounders like Zack Martin, CeeDee Lamb, Micah Parsons, and Tyler Smith while finding mid- and late-round gems such as Dak Prescott, Dalton Schultz, Dorance Armstong Jr., and Tyler Biadasz.

However, Jerry Jones’ decisions deserve some scrutiny. Failures to work out extensions with Prescott, Lamb, or Parsons have put the Cowboys in a tough financial position, while Dallas rarely uses free agency to bolster its roster.

15) Chris Ballard, Indianapolis Colts

Chris Ballard has drafted All-Pro talent in running back Jonathan Taylor, guard Quenton Nelson, and linebacker Darius Leonard, and he managed to escape his Carson Wentz acquisition by pawning off the veteran quarterback to the Commanders. If Anthony Richardson succeeds in Year 2, the Indianapolis Colts will be off and running.

Ballard has refused to be aggressive on the free agent market, but he’s been more assertive in trades for veterans like DeForest Buckner. Few general managers like to re-sign their own players more than Ballard.

14) Monti Ossenfort, Arizona Cardinals

It may be too early to rank Monti Ossenfort this high. He’s only run two offseasons for the Arizona Cardinals, while the team went 4-13 in 2023.

But Ossenfort’s process has been sound. He hasn’t overspent in free agency, resisting the urge to add high-profile names in favor of more modest contracts. Ossenfort has been creative in the draft when it was called for, moving down and then trading back up to land OT Paris Johnson Jr. in 2023.

But he didn’t get cute in 2024, opting to give Kyler Murray a new weapon in Marvin Harrison Jr before making 11 more selections.

13) Nick Caserio, Houston Texans

No general manager made a more significant leap in our rankings than Nick Caserio, who cycled through two head coaches in his first two years with the Houston Texans.

Hiring DeMeco Ryans in 2023 was a masterstroke and served as a turning point for Houston, which was becoming the most directionless franchise in the NFL.

Caserio followed the Ryans addition by selecting QB C.J. Stroud and EDGE Will Anderson Jr. with two of the top three picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, both of whom won NFL Rookie of the Year honors.

The Texans didn’t stop adding this offseason, bringing in veterans like EDGE Danielle Hunter and LB Azeez Al-Shaair to supplement their young core.

12) Ryan Poles, Chicago Bears

The Chase Claypool trade aside, nearly every move Ryan Poles has made since taking over as the Chicago Bears‘ GM in 2022 has worked out.

Poles’ coup de grâce came in 2023, when he sent the No. 1 pick to the Panthers in exchange for a package that included WR DJ Moore and eventually handed Chicago the top choice in the 2024 draft.

Picking Caleb Williams might have been simple, but the Bears wouldn’t have been in a position to grab the USC superstar without Poles’ maneuvering. Other smart moves — trading for EDGE Montez Sweat and WR Keenan Allen, finding OT Braxton Jones in the fifth round — litter Poles’ résumé.

11) John Lynch, San Francisco 49ers

John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan whiffed on Trey Lance in 2021, and the San Francisco 49ers‘ non-first-round draft history is pretty hit or miss.

Still, the 49ers have found enough impact players — Fred Warner, Brandon Aiyuk, Nick Bosa, Deebo Samuel, Dre Greenlaw — in the draft while making targeted veteran additions like RB Christian McCaffrey, OT Trent Williams, and DT Javon Hargrave.

Of course, Lynch deserves some credit for selecting Brock Purdy with the final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. He’s also created a GM factory in San Francisco that’s produced NFL executives like Adofo-Mensah, Carthon, Peters, and Martin Mayhew.

10) John Schneider, Seattle Seahawks

John Schneider’s 2012 draft class — which produced Russell Wilson, Bobby Waggner, and Bruce Irvin — is the stuff of legend. The Seattle Seahawks‘ GM may have hit another grand slam a decade later, when he found OTs Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas, EDGE Boye Mafe, RB Kenneth Walker III, and CB Riq Woolen in the 2022 draft.

Of course, we haven’t even mentioned Schneider’s biggest offseason coup: trading Russell Wilson to the Broncos for a package of picks and players before turning things over to Geno Smith.

Wilson quickly devolved Denver, leaving Schneider’s decision to move on from the veteran quarterback as one of the best trades in NFL history.

9) Jason Licht, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It wasn’t all that long ago that Jason Licht was listed at the bottom of NFL GM rankings. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished above .500 just once in his first six years in charge, and his 2016 draft class — featuring Vernon Hargreaves, Noah Spence, and a trade-up for kicker Roberto Aguayo in the top 60 — is among the worst in recent memory.

But Licht quietly rebuilt Tampa Bay’s roster, then lured Tom Brady to town to win a Super Bowl title. Once Brady retired, Licht found a bargain Baker Mayfield, who guided the Bucs to another NFC South title and playoff win in 2023.

8) Brandon Beane, Buffalo Bills

It’s a new era in Buffalo, where Brandon Beane was forced to purge many beloved Bills players from the club’s roster this offseason.

Poor decisions like the Von Miller contract and Stefon Diggs extension put Buffalo in a salary-cap crunch. Diggs, fellow WR Gabe Davis, safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, CB Tre’Davious White, and EDGE Leonard Floyd all departed over the past two months.

Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have rebuilt Buffalo’s roster before. They can do it again, especially because they don’t need to find a quarterback this time around.

7) Mike Brown/Duke Tobin, Cincinnati Bengals

While owner Mike Brown is technically the Cincinnati Bengals‘ general manager, player personnel director Duke Tobin makes most of the club’s high-level roster decisions. Head coach Zac Taylor also deserves credit here, as he’s been responsible for Cincinnati’s altered free agency approach.

Previously one of the league’s least aggressive teams, the Bengals have recently hit on free agent additions like EDGE Trey Hendrickson, DT D.J. Reader, and defensive backs Chidobe Awuzie, Mike Hilton, and Vonn Bell.

Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase may have been easy draft choices, but Cincinnati has also prioritized optionality at critical positions by selecting EDGE Myles Murphy and OT Amarius Mims.

6) Les Snead, Los Angeles Rams

Among an NFL front office cohort that can fall victim to groupthink, Les Snead and the Los Angeles Rams use a relatively unique approach.

For years, Los Angeles used its early draft capital to trade for established stars like QB Matthew Stafford and CB Jalen Ramsey while hoping to hit on mid- and late-round picks. That strategy worked and led to a Super Bowl win.

After a 5-12 campaign in 2022, Snead and Sean McVay have rebuilt again, finding steals like WR Puka Nacua, DT Kobie Turner, and EDGE Byron Young last year before using their first first-round choice in eight years on EDGE Jared Verse in 2024.

5) Brad Holmes, Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions completed their turnaround in 2023, culminating their rebuild with their first playoff victory in over three decades.

Brad Holmes, in tandem with head coach Dan Campbell, led that effort over the past three seasons, simultaneously changing Detroit’s culture and on-field product.

Holmes aced the Jared Goff/Matthew Stafford trade in 2021 before finding five starters — including All-Pros Penei Sewell and Amon-Ra St. Brown — in the draft.

The Lions went rogue in the 2023 draft, using their first two picks on RB Jahmyr Gibbs and off-ball linebacker Jack Campbell. But Gibbs was effective as a rookie, while second-rounders Sam LaPorta and Brian Branch were also insta-hits.

Holmes, the reigning NFL Executive of the Year, and Campbell executed about as clean of a revamp as an NFL team could possibly orchestrate. Can the Lions take things to the next level in 2024?

4) Brian Gutekunst, Green Bay Packers

Brian Gutekunst deftly managed the Aaron Rodgers situation, navigating the future Hall of Famer’s public declarations before trading him for a package that included two second-round picks.

Green Bay turned to Jordan Love, who finished second in the NFL with 32 touchdown passes and looked like an MVP candidate by the end of his first season as a starter.

Having a QB succession plan earns Gutekunst praise, but that’s not all he’s done since taking over as the Packers’ GM in 2018.

3) Eric DeCosta, Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore’s 2019 transition from legendary GM Ozzie Newsome to longtime assistant Eric DeCosta has been as seamless as the club’s move from Joe Flacco to Lamar Jackson under center. The Ravens are seemingly never pressured into any one course of action — they let value come to them.

DeCosta played the Jackson contract saga perfectly, using the franchise tag to retain the franchise icon before agreeing to a long-term extension with the eventual MVP. On defense, veteran additions like Jadeveon Clowney, Geno Stone, Kyle Van Noy, and Arthur Maulet played significant roles on cost-effective pacts.

Baltimore’s 2022 trade for LB Roquan Smith was a stroke of genius, while DeCosta has usually hit when straying from positional value to draft prospects like center Tyler Linderbaum and safety Kyle Hamilton.

2) Brett Veach, Kansas City Chiefs

Andy Reid has as much roster control as any head coach in the NFL, so he deserves plenty of credit for the Kansas City Chiefs‘ transactional success. Reid and Brett Veach identified and traded up for Patrick Mahomes in a league-altering series of events, and the All-World quarterback’s 10-year contract is as team-friendly as any deal in the NFL.

The Chiefs proved capable of forging a new path by trading Tyreek Hill and resetting its receiver depth chart after the 2022 campaign. By landing immediate starters like RB Isiah Pacheco, offensive linemen Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith, EDGE George Karlaftis, and CB Trent McDuffie in the draft, Veach has been able to hang onto stars such as DT Chris Jones despite Kansas City’s limited payroll.

Three Super Bowl titles in five years is a dominant résumé. While Mahomes and Reid are Kansas City’s headliners, Veach is a significant piece of the Chiefs’ puzzle.

1) Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles

Sticking it out in Philadelphia (with various titles and responsibilities) through the Andy Reid, Chip Kelly, Doug Pederson, and now Nick Sirianni eras, the Eagles’ Howie Roseman is the NFL’s most creative general manager.

Roseman’s foresight resulted in the Eagles landing Jalen Hurts in the 2020 draft despite already having Carson Wentz on their roster. Since then, he’s augmented the club’s talent base by acquiring or signing WR A.J. Brown, RB Saquon Barkley, EDGE Bryce Huff, and a host of others.

Roseman has never used his first-round choice on anything other than a premium position (QB, WR, OT, pass rusher, CB) since taking over Philadelphia’s drafts in 2013. His innovative salary cap maneuvers create endless optionality as Philadelphia tweaks its roster. One step ahead of everyone else, Roseman is the NFL’s best general manager.

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