Kyle O'Brien

Vice President of Player Personnel


Kyle O'Brien enters his 18th season in the National Football League and his fourth in Detroit. In his first season with the Lions, he worked as the team's Director of Player Personnel, before being promoted to the team's Vice President of Player Personnel in 2017. O'Brien continues to play an integral role in the team's roster construction, working closely with Lions Executive Vice President of Football Operations & General Manager Bob Quinn to bolster every aspect of the roster. Helping lead the club's personnel department, O'Brien was instrumental in Detroit reaching the playoffs in 2016. He assisted in acquiring a draft class that combined for a total of 108 games played and 37 total starts in 2016. Detroit's 2016 draft class also included first-round selection (16th overall) Taylor Decker, who started in all 16 games at left tackle as one of only 17 players in the NFL to play 100 percent of the team's snaps in 2016. The Lions 2017 draft class then featured immediate contributors in every phase of the game, including first-round (20th overall) selection LB Jarrad Davis and fifth-round (165th overall) pick CB Jamal Agnew who earned All-Pro honors as a rookie return man. O'Brien's assistance in assembling Quinn's third draft class was marked by noticeable 2018 rookie highlights including first-round draft selection, OL Frank Ragnow, second-round selection, RB Kerryon Johnson and fourth-round selection DL Da'Shawn Hand. Despite missing six games as a rookie, Johnson ranked second in the NFL among running backs with at least 100 carries, with a 5.43 yards per carry average. He was sixth among rookies with 854 yards from scrimmage. Johnson's 5.43 rushing average ranked as the highest by a rookie rusher with at least 100 attempts in Lions history.