The Arizona Cardinals introduced the hiring of normal supervisor Monti Ossenfort on Monday after a decade of Steve Keim on the helm, simply eight days after the tip of the season.
Ossenfort brings years of scouting and drafting expertise, working within the NFL for 21 years.
Let’s get to know the brand new GM:
New England profession
The 44-year-old spent 15 of his 21 seasons with the New England Patriots. Over his 15 seasons, Ossenfort served as director of faculty scouting (2014-19), assistant director of faculty scouting (2011-13), nationwide scout (2008-10), space scout (2006-07) and a personnel assistant (2003 ).
The brand new Cardinals GM spent two seasons with the Houston Texans as a professional and faculty scouting assistant earlier than returning to the Patriots.
Ossenfort climbed via the ranks with New England earlier than leaving for the Tennessee Titans as director of participant personnel in 2020, a place he held for 3 seasons.
Patriots’ draft decide historical past
Ossenfort performed a task in serving to draft gamers corresponding to QBs Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett and Jarrett Stidham (all who began video games within the NFL this season), RBs Sony Michel and Damien Harris, offensive linemen Joe Thuney, Isaiah Wynn, Shaq Mason, Ted Karras, Cameron Fleming and former Arizona State standout WR N’Keal Harry.
The listed offensive linemen all began for a crew within the NFL final season.
He additionally was an assistant director of faculty scouting in 2012 when the crew chosen edge rusher Chandler Jones within the first spherical.
The No. 3 decide will likely be Ossenfort’s highest choice for the crew he’s on in his 21 years within the NFL.
Skill to commerce again
The previous Patriot entrance workplace member has been part of the franchise’s means to commerce again within the draft and get extra within the latter rounds, positions the place New England particularly hit on offensive line prospects.
The Patriots have had a historical past of buying and selling again within the draft, most lately sending the No. 21 total decide within the 2022 NFL Draft to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
Based on NESN, New England has made 46 in-draft trades from 2010-21, practically all of which when Ossenfort was with the crew.
This contains 29 instances buying and selling down, 16 instances buying and selling up and 3 times buying and selling for gamers.
Trades by spherical:
Spherical 1: 7
Spherical 2: 13
Spherical 3: 11
Spherical 4: 3
Spherical 5: 7
Spherical 6: 4
Spherical 7: 3
Arizona sits in a curious place on the No. 3 decide in 2023. He might choose the highest non-quarterback prospect on the board or be ready to commerce again for belongings with a crew eyeing quarterbacks like Ohio State’s CJ Stroud or Alabama’s Bryce Younger.
Reference to Brian Flores
Whereas with the Patriots, Ossenfort served with Brian Flores, who was an assistant with New England from 2004-18.
Flores, now a senior defensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is without doubt one of the coaches the Cardinals have already requested an interview with.
Flores spent the primary 4 seasons in New England as a scouting assistant and professional scout, the identical time Ossenfort was an space scout.
The 2 served on the Patriots’ employees for 13 years collectively and served at a Profession Growth Symposium as representatives for New England in 2018.
Titans’ historical past
Ossenfort was employed after the 2020 NFL Draft and was part of the crew that introduced in first-rounders Treylon Burks and Caleb Farley.
The Titans entrance workplace’s largest choices throughout Ossenfort’s tenure got here because the crew traded a second- and fourth-round decide in 2021 to the Atlanta Falcons for Julio Jones.
Moreover, the Titans traded wideout AJ Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles for the Nos. 18 and 101 total picks within the 2022 draft.
Jones had 434 receiving yards in a single season earlier than going to Tampa Bay whereas Brown in Philadelphia has been a star, catching 88 balls for 1,496 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Seven of the eight 2021 NFL Draft picks chosen by Tennessee performed for Titans in 2022. Adversely, Arizona had 4 gamers (Zaven Collins, Rondale Moore, Marco Wilson and Victor Dimukeje) play in 2022 out of 2021 draft.
Not solely did Ossenfort and the entrance workplace discover success in 2021 but additionally 2022.
The crew discovered three starters that performed in 15 or extra video games as a rookie.
CB Roger McCreary was taken within the 2nd spherical at No. 35 total and began all 17 video games. He was taken after Farley has struggled to remain wholesome and on the sphere.
TE Chigoziem Okonkwo was taken within the fourth spherical at No. 143 total and gaining a beginning place later in yr. The rookie led all first-year TEs in receiving yards (450) and made PFF’s All-Rookie crew.
T Nicholas Petit-Frere was taken within the third spherical at No. 69 total and began 16 video games at sort out.
Burks performed in 11 video games and had an injury-riddled rookie marketing campaign.