Ranking the Chicago Bears GM candidates being interviewed

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Chicago Bears GM Candidate: 4
Kwesi Adofo-Mensah – Browns, Vice President of Football Operations

Many people will think I am crazy for putting Kwesi Adofo-Mensah this high in my rankings. The Minnesota Vikings must agree with me since he was asked to come back for a second interview with them. Adofo-Mensah has an interesting background though and as someone who likes the idea of analytics, I think I value his background a little more than others.

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah is a Princeton graduate who is somewaht new to the NFL. He started his career out of college as a Wall Street trader and didn’t make a move into a career in the NFL until 10 years after graduating. He got his start with the 49ers in 2013 and worked his way up to be director of football research and development. He held that position from 2017 to 2019 before the Browns promoted him to be their vice president of football operations.

Again, the Browns are not the best team for me to consider hiring from, but the 49ers track record makes me more intrigued — especially with his numbers approach. What scares me though is how he goes about building his scouting departments. You need film guys to pair with number guys to get best of both worlds.