LIONS INSIDER

Brian Xanders to interview for Dolphins GM job today

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Xanders was hired by the Detroit Lions late last January to assist the player personnel department in college scouting, pro personnel and scouting systems development

Larry WarfordG Larry Warford was part of the best draft class the Lions have had in recent memory. (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

Detroit Lions senior personnel director Brian Xanders will interview for the Miami Dolphins' vacant general manager's job today.

Xanders was hired by the Lions late last January to assist the player personnel department in college scouting, pro personnel and scouting systems development.

"One big thing he's going to be working on right now is building a new scouting system," Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said when Xanders was hired last year. "We've contracted that out in the past and bought product from other people and we're actually going to build our own system internally designed strictly for us that we can design and set up."

Xanders reconfigured that system over the past year, and it's probably no coincidence the Lions had one of their best drafts in recent memory with picks like Ziggy Ansah, Larry Warford, Devin Taylor and Sam Martin, not to mention signing undrafted rookies like Joseph Fauria and LaAdrian Waddle. Xanders was instrumental in all of that.

He was the Denver Broncos' GM from 2009-12 and, during his tenure there, the Broncos won the AFC West twice and had some of the most successful draft classes in the NFL.

Before joining the Broncos, he worked 14 years (1994-2008) with the Atlanta Falcons in various scouting, player personnel, football operations, coaching staff and technology/systems roles.

"Brian is a guy I've known for a while as a GM in Denver," Mayhew said. "He has a broad array of experience in a lot of different areas and he's another set of eyes on pro and college scouting.

"He's also a guy who's well-versed in football technology and I think he brings something to the table in that area as well.”