The Lions have hired former General Manager Brian Xanders to help Martin Mayhew in the scouting department, according to Tim Twentyman. He will take the official spot of Senior Personnel Executive along with James Harris. He had three years of experience in Denver before John Elway stepped in for him.
Mayhew spoke about adding Xanders to the front office with Tim Twentyman earlier today. "A guy who has a background as a GM and did a good job acquiring talent in Denver and I know he’s a great evaluator.”
Twentyman broke the news on this hiring.
Just talked to Lions GM Martin Mayhew about hire of former Broncos GM Brian Xanders to be senior personnel executive. Story coming shortly.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) January 28, 2013
The Lions have struggled to consistentally find talent outside the first round in Mayhew's inaugural four drafts. As the Lions head into their 5th draft, they will have another say in their war room.
“I look forward to doing everything I can to help Martin and coach Schwartz and this organization eventually win a Super Bowl," Xanders said via Twentyman.
With Xanders in charge,the Broncos drafts in 2010 and 2011 were among the league's best. They produced six starters in the 2010 draft with Demaryius Thomas, Tim Tebow, Zane Beadles, Eric Decker, J.D. Walton and Perrish Cox. In 2011, they drafted Von Miller 2nd overall, he became the NFL defensive rookie of the year, and Orlando Franklin who was a 16-game starter. They also selected safeties Rahim Moore and Quinton Carter, 2nd and fourth round, who later became starters.
The Ford family now look to capture that in Detroit with the addition of Xanders to lead the scouting department and assist Mayhew.