2. Ed Dodds-Assistant General Manager, Indianapolis Colts
Ed Dodds is likely going to be the most sought after candidate for any future open general manager positions in the NFL. If the Giants ownership group is smart, they will make him a target to fill the vacancy of Dave Gettleman, should they choose to fire him.
Previously, Dodds served as a senior personnel executive with the Seattle Seahawks, where he would gain notoriety for his uncanny ability to scout players. He has helped parlay these skills into the excellent drafting that the Indianapolis Colts have exhibited in recent years.
Colts GM, Chris Ballard, has given credit to Dodds for many of the major moves that the Colts have made in recently. Dodds has employed a similar process to his selection of players for the Colts roster via the draft and free agency, that he used in Seattle, a process that gives a great deal of credence to athletic abilities of players, a selection process that has proved beneficial to the configuration of rosters in both Seattle and Indianapolis under Dodds.
Dodds is regarded as being someone who prefers to remain out of the limelight and will not be publicly touting the moves that he makes. Given Dave Gettleman’s propensity to make bold statements to the media, only to renege on his stance soon after and then become bristled at the media when called out for it, that could be a welcome trait for Giants fans.
With the number of successful high profile moves that Dodds has been involved in with both Seattle and Indianapolis, he has to be a high priority for the Giants should there be a general manager vacancy in the near future. There will likely be massive competition for Dodds, so the Giants will have to act swiftly if they hope to land someone of his caliber as the next GM of the organization.