Rick Spielman

Rick Spielman

Award-Winning NFL Executive

Rick Spielman is a former NFL executive for the Lions, Bears, Dolphins, and Vikings, and winner of the NFL Executive of the Year award by Pro Football Weekly in 2017.

Spielman began his career in the NFL as a scout for the Detroit Lions in 1990. He then became Director of Pro Personnel for the Chicago Bears before being hired as Vice President of Pro Personnel for the Miami Dolphins. 

Spielman’s longest tenure came with Minnesota, where he served as VP of Player Personnel from 2006-2011, and then as the General Manager from 2012-2021. Spielman oversaw 15 drafts with the Vikings, notably selecting Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Harrison Smith, and Xavier Rhodes.

He made a key offseason move in 2012 when he signed fullback Jerome Felton who made the Pro-Bowl and contributed mightily to Adrian Peterson posting the second-highest single season rushing total (2,097 yards) in NFL history. 

Spielman attended Southern Illinois University from 1983-86 and played linebacker. As an undrafted free agent, he was invited to training camp with the San Diego Chargers (1987) and the Detroit Lions (1988). Spielman grew up in Massillon, Ohio, and is the older brother of former Lions and Bills linebacker Chris Spielman.

Since his time in Minnesota ended, Spielman has worked on NFL Live for ESPN, and been a frequent participant with The 33rd Team.

NFL Draft

2023 Senior Bowl: Stock Up, Stock Down at Day 1 Practices

MOBILE, Ala. — The first day of practice at the 2023 Senior Bowl is in the books. Here are three players I thought improved their stock on Day 1, and three whose stock took a hit: >> Official Senior Bowl Weights, Measurements Stock Up Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State Height Weight Hand Arm Wing 6081 […]

Analysis

11 NFL Draft Prospects To Watch at 2023 Senior Bowl

The Senior Bowl kicks off this week, and the practices and game will provide scouts with a first-hand look at some of the top prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft. Aside from those prospects, there are some players who may not be as well known during the pre-draft process who could stand out this week. […]

Analysis

Three Prospects Who Could Rise Up NFL Draft Boards at Senior Bowl

The Senior Bowl is where a lot of players can go and make money if they play well, especially during the practices and when they get around NFL coaching. There are three guys that stick out to me as players who could do well this year, and they’re all edge rushers. >> Read: 11 Players […]

Analysis

Predicting Landing Spots for Top QB Prospects in 2023 NFL Draft

Finding a franchise quarterback is likely to be the priority for several teams in the 2023 offseason. There is, perhaps, no better place to look for an organizational cornerstone than at the top of the NFL draft. Rarely will marquee quarterbacks make it free agency, and so teams, every season, spend serious draft capital on […]

Analysis

Three Edge Rushers at Senior Bowl Positioned to Boost Draft Stock

There is a lot of focus on underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft, but Rick Spielman sees three edge rushers who could greatly enhance their draft profile if they show out during practice for the Reese’s Senior Bowl, which is Feb. 4. The trio includes Texas Tech’s Tyree Wilson, Army’s Andre Carter II and Ohio […]

Analysis

Sizing Up Bryce Young: He Could Be NFL’s Steph Curry

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young‘s dynamic playmaking ability and his natural feel for ball placement should outweigh any reservations NFL teams have about his height, Rick Spielman believes. The knocks on the 6-foot Young sound eerily reminiscent of those on NBA superstar Steph Curry when he was entering the NBA Draft.

Analysis

Bears Should Consider Drafting Will Anderson With No. 1 Pick

Rick Spielman thinks Alabama linebacker Will Anderson is a viable option for the Chicago Bears as the No. 1 overall pick. Spielman believes Anderson would have been drafted ahead of  Travon Walker and Aidan Hutchinson – the top two selections in the 2022 NFL Draft – had they been in the same draft class.

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