6. Ted Thompson
To some extent, Thompson is going to have a place on this list for a long time simply because he had the foresight, and stones, to make the move away from Brett Favre and to Aaron Rodgers; that took tremendous courage and conviction in Green Bay. But he’s also proven to be a very good talent evaluator, taking guys like Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy when other teams passed on them for one reason or another.
5. John Elway
When it comes to the draft, Elway has been somewhat of a mixed bag. But in free agency, he hits one home run after another. It started when he signed the biggest free agent in the history of the game, landing Peyton Manning and transforming the Broncos overnight. But it’s continued with Wes Welker in 2013, and now Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward and DeMarcus Ware in 2014. The guy is one heckuva recruiter, that’s for sure.