Todayís NFL Pro Personnel director can be a challenging job. Some unfortunately donít even have a defined job description with accountability measurements. Others wear several hats including forward scouting of upcoming opponents for the coaches, cross checking the college players, evaluating current players on his own roster and/or just being a "yes" man for the Head Coach or GM. The Pro director often finds himself as the liaison between the coaches and front offices. Coaches are often not on the same page with scouting and more infighting exists between these two groups than people realize. A good personnel man acts more like the office Kissinger than the office Rasputin. Unfortunately, both types exist.
The complete pro director must possess great communication skills (especially with coaches), an eye to evaluate talent, have conviction on his decision making process, have a tireless work ethic, thick skin and have the ability to keep everyone in the building calm and on the same page. A good Director of Pro Personnel can be a valuable asset to any team.