|Date of birth||April 10, 1971|
|Place of birth||East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania|
|Alma mater||Florida State|
|Team(s) as a coach/administrator|
|Atlanta Falcons (player personnel)
Denver Broncos (assistant GM)
Denver Broncos (GM)
Detroit Lions (senior personnel executive)
Brian Xanders (born April 10, 1971) is an American football executive and former Florida State football player. He is the former general manager for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).
Xanders joined the Lions as senior personnel executive in 2013, following a five-year stint with the Denver Broncos, including the last four seasons as the Broncos’ general manager. For the Detroit Lions, assists the player personnel department in college scouting, pro personnel, and internal scouting systems development.
This season marks his 20th NFL season which includes him serving in a variety of player personnel, scouting, football operations and coaching staff roles during his time at three different teams (Lions, Broncos and Falcons). He has direct experience in player evaluations with the last 17 NFL Draft classes and 12 Free Agency periods.
Xanders generated evaluations, support and assistance with Lions' Free Agency and the NFL Draft, yielding 10 new starters. The 2013 Lions rookie class was rated as #1 by ESPN, and had an NFL-high 6 rookie starters and 2 contributors: DE/Ziggy Ansah [1st round, All-Rookie Team], DC/Dareus Slay [2nd], OG/Larry Warford [3rd, All-Rookie Team, PFF Rookie of the Year], P/Sam Martin [5th, All-Rookie Team], OT/LaAdrian Waddle [CFA], and TE/Joe Fauria [CFA], with two rotational contributors DE/Devin Taylor [4th] and RB/Theo Riddick [6th]. There were also four starters added from free agency: RB/Reggie Bush [UFA], FS/Glover Quin [UFA], DE/Jason Jones [UFA], DC/Rashean Mathis [FA].
The Broncos have won the AFC West Division for the last three years, 2011-2013, with a 34-14 record. Eighty percent of the players (42/53) of the existing 2013 Super Bowl team was acquired through the draft, free agency or re-signed during his time as General Manager.
Denver became only the third team since the 1970 NFL merger to win its division and a playoff game with a new head coach following four wins the previous season.
The Broncos executed high-producing NFL Draft classes over the last three years: 2010-2012 Playtime: 42% (#1 in NFL), Starts: 294 (#2 in NFL), 4 Pro Bowl players, including 15 starters in 2013 --
Round 1 – LB Von Miller [2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, 2nd place for Defensive Player of the Year, 35 sacks in 40 starts], WR Demaryius Thomas [2 Pro Bowls, 30 TD’s, 15.4], RB Knowshon Moreno [4,869 yards, 35 TD’s in 45 starts]
Round 2 – OG Zane Beadles [1 Pro Bowl, 62 straight starts], DE Derek Wolfe [#1 DL in rookie PT%], OT Orlando Franklin [47/48 starts], FS Rahim Moore [32 starts, 15 PBU, 4 INT]
Round 3 – WR Eric Decker [8th highest WR production the last 2 years in NFL, 33 TD’s], Nate Irving [replacement starter]
Round 4-7 – TE Julius Thomas [1 Pro Bowl, 12 TD’s in 14 starts in 2013], DL Malik Jackson [6 sacks, 33 tackles, 4 PBU in limited starts, WB Danny Trevathan [16 starts, 3 INT, 13 PBU]
Undrafted – CFA starters CB Chris Harris [31 starts, 7 INT, 30 PBU], SS Duke Ihenacho [14 starts, 9 PBU in 2013], P Britton Colquitt [45.8 avg in 64 games], LS Aaron Brewer [32 games as LS]
There were also eight other Pro Bowl players who were acquired, signed or extended during his tenure: QB Peyton Manning (FA, 2012), SS Brian Dawkins (UFA, 2009–11), WR Brandon Lloyd (FA, 2009–11), RB Willis McGahee (FA, 2011), CB Champ Bailey (re-signed, 2011), DE Elvis Dumervil (re-signed, 2010), WR Brandon Marshall (re-signed, 2010), and OT Ryan Clady (1st round, 2008).
During his tenure in Denver, he also supervised the day-to-day operations of the Broncos' college scouting, pro scouting, labor operations/salary cap, equipment, medical, video, football systems and turf operations departments. He served on NFL College Advisory, NFL Combine Selection and the NFL Statistics Committees. He was originally hired by Denver as assistant general manager in 2008.
Before joining the Broncos, he worked 14 seasons (1994-2008) with the Atlanta Falcons in various scouting, player personnel, football operations, coaching staff and technology/systems roles. Xanders was a member of the Falcons' defensive coaching staff on their 1998 team that became the first in franchise history to earn a Super Bowl berth (XXXIII). Selected by the Falcons to attend Stanford University's NFL Program for Managers in 2005, he has given presentations at several universities on NFL player personnel issues.
A former linebacker who played for Bobby Bowden at Florida State University from 1989–92, Xanders was a member of four bowl-winning teams with the Seminoles that had a 42-7 combined record. Coach Bowden awarded him a football scholarship before senior year by Coach Bowden (2-time Defensive Scout Team MVP). 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.
He and his wife of 15 years, Amy, have two children, Reid and Mary Claire.