On Thursday afternoon, NFL.com writer Gregg Rosenthal ranked the best general managers in the game.
Unsurprisingly, names like Los Angeles Rams GM Les Snead and Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert made the list. However, neither of those men took home the top spot.
No, that honor belonged to Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane. Rosenthal also gave props to head coach Sean McDermott for their work together.
Here’s what Rosenthal said about Beane and McDermott:
The Bills’ transformation since McDermott’s hire in January 2017 could be taught in a college-level course on how to rebuild a franchise. McDermott helped to hire Beane in May of that year, and they’ve hit every right note since: from big trades (Stefon Diggs, moving up for Josh Allen) and savvy draft picks (Tre’Davious White, Dion Dawkins, Matt Milano) to knowing which veterans to reward (Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde) and when to move on (John Brown, LeSean McCoy).
Beane sits alone at the top, but there have been some great moves pulled by other GMs in recent years.
Here’s the top five:
- Brandon Beane – Buffalo Bills
- Les Snead – Los Angeles Rams
- Kevin Colbert – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Brian Gutekunst – Green Bay Packers
- Jason Licht – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The full list can be found here.
Did Rosenthal get it right?