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The New York Giants have focused on three GM finalists to replace Dave Gettleman. One of those three is Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles, who interviewed for the start for the second time on Wednesday, according to NFL Network.

Meet NFL General Manager Candidate Ryan Poles

Poles, 36, is a hot commodity in this cycle. A year after he was ready for the Panthers GM job, which went to Scott Fitterer, he was contacted by three teams about their current openings.

He interviewed for the Vikings job on Tuesday and could do the same with the Bears at some point as well (assuming he hasn’t already).

It’s a testament to the value of the Poles to the Chiefs that when his bosses were fired, he not only stayed, he was promoted. He survived the departure of Scott Pioli and John Dorsey.

After spending the 2009 season, his first in Kansas City, as a player personnel assistant, the Poles began an eight-year career in the Chiefs’ college scouting department, rising from administrator to director of college scouting in 2017.

During that time, the Chiefs drafted the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Justin Houston, Eric Fisher, Chris Jones, Tyreek Hill, Dontari Poe and Eric Berry.

Since 2018, he has served in Kansas City’s player personnel department, promoted to head the department last year. Before joining the Chiefs, Poles was a recruiting assistant at Boston College, where he played his college ball.

How the Poles performed in 2021

Poles, according to Giants press release announcing his interview, “he oversees all aspects of the scouting for college football players across the country, assisting with the pro process and preparing for free agency, as well as assisting general manager Brett Veach with draft coordination. of the NFL and supervise the departure of the team. scouts from the city area.

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The Chiefs found value in the 2021 NFL Draft despite not having a first-round pick. They drafted center Creed Humphrey in Round 2, and all he’s done since is start every game for Kansas City. Linebacker Nick Bolton (a second-round pick) has also been a key contributor as a rookie, recording 112 tackles, including 11 for loss.

What they say about the Poles

“I know it. I know his character. I have sat down and broken bread with him. I know how hard you are willing to work. . . I think you can do it. He is well equipped for the job. He is more than up to the challenge. He understands, and I think I would bring him to New York.” — Former Giants Mathias Kiwanuka on the Poles, his college teammate, a Newsday

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