Chicago Bears: 5 under the radar candidates to replace Ryan Pace

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The Chicago Bears head west for their new GM

Speaking of building a good offensive line, have you met Vice President of Player Personnel for the San Francisco 49ers, Martin Mayhew? San Francisco, like the Cowboys, is another team that is predicated on building a strong foundation up front on their offensive line, which Mayhew has helped to build.

In his four years with the organization, he has been the VP of Player Personnel for the last two years, and the team’s senior personnel executive the previous two years. In those roles, he was part of the management team that drafted George Kittle, Fred Warner, Mike McGlinchey, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and of course Nick Bosa.

If the name sounds familiar to you, it’s likely because prior to joining the 49ers, Mayhew spent some time as the general manager of the Detroit Lions. In that role, the results admittedly were not terrific, but few people (coaches or executives) have had success in Detroit.

With that said, he was responsible for drafting Matthew Stafford, Ezekiel Ansah, Darius Slay, Larry Warford, and Ndamukong Suh. It is also possible that he has grown and matured as an executive and perhaps honed his evaluation skills while with a well-run organization like the 49ers. In any event, he’s certainly worth a look.