Brian Xanders

Senior Personnel Executive, Detroit Lions

Xanders led all initiatives in evaluating player talent for the Broncos.  This included directing the club’s college scouting department through the NFL Draft and the pro personnel department with offseason acquisitions.  Xanders strived to assemble a roster full of tough, smart and versatile players during his time as the Broncos’ General Manager.  

Xanders worked in the NFL for 18+ seasons for the Falcons and Broncos, generating an extensive background in all areas of player personnel, college scouting, pro scouting, coaching and football operations.

+ Player Personnel Evaluator/Team Building
+ College Scouting (16 NFL Drafts)
+ Pro Scouting (11 years of evaluations of UFA classes)
+ Contract Negotiations/Player Cost Management/Agent Relations
+ Strategic Planning/Diverse Industry Knowledge/Trades
+ Innovative Football Technology/Project Management

Xanders was a member of the Atlanta Falcons’ defensive coaching staff on their 1998 team that became the first in franchise history to earn a Super Bowl (XXXIII).  Selected by the Falcons to attend Stanford University’s NFL Program for Managers in 2005, he has given speeches at several universities on NFL player personnel issues.

A former middle linebacker who played for Bobby Bowden at Florida State University from 1989-1992, Xanders was a member of four bowl-winning teams with the Seminoles that had a 42-7 combined record.  He was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team selection and graduated from FSU with a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Xanders was born on April 10, 1971, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.  He and his wife, Amy, reside in Atlanta, Georgia with their two children Reid and Mary Claire.