3. Glenn Cook, assistant general manager Browns
The Cleveland Browns deserve lots of praise for managing to qualify for the postseason even though they were down to their fourth quarterback, lost both starting offensive tackles for most of the season and were without star running back Nick Chubb for most of the year. Granted, head coach Kevin Stefanski was the captain that prevented the ship from sinking but the front office also deserves credit for finding players to suit up in light of the injury bug.
Andrew Berry was the man calling the shots but assistant general manager Glenn Cook must've had a lot of input on putting together a competitive roster. Heck, the feat it's even more impressive when you take into account that the Browns have gotten minimal production since trading for Deshaun Watson in 2021. Yet, they keep playing hard and manage to find ways to win.
Going back to Cook, it's probably just a matter of time before he gets a general manager job. He's interviewed for a handful of openings in previous hiring cycles, having gotten his start with the Indianapolis Colts as a scouting assistant in 2021. He then became a pro scout for the Green Bay Packers from 2012-2015. The following year, he joined the Browns, where he's worked his way up from assistant director of pro scouting to assistant general manager.
In Cleveland, Gook helped revamp an uninspiring defensive front by acquiring Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Za'Darius Smith, Dalvin Tomlinson and Shelby Harris. It's fair to say that his work speaks for itself.