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Giants add to front office with hiring of ex-Lions executive Kyle O’Brien

Giants add another voice to personnel department

New York Giants v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The New York Giants today announced the hiring of Kyle O’Brien as senior personnel executive, a newly-created position in the organization.

O’Brien, a 19-year NFL front office veteran, spent the last five seasons with the Detroit Lions. he spent one year with the Lions as director of player personnel, and the last four as vice president of player personnel.

O’Brien was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ director of college scouting for three seasons (2013-15). One of the players Jacksonville drafted during his tenure was wide receiver Allen Robinson, who could be the best wide receiver on the free agent market this offseason. While in Detroit, the Lions selected wide receiver Kenny Golladay, another free agent who could be a Giants’ target.

O’Brien was a national scout for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012.

From 2002-11, O’Brien served in several scouting capacities for the New England Patriots. He was twice an area scout (2002, 2006-09). The Patriots elevated O’Brien to national scout in his final two seasons (2010-11). In 2004-05, he was a Patriots’ pro personnel scout.

O’Brien was a personnel intern for the New York Jets in 1999 and for the Patriots in 2000 and 2001.

The Giants also hired Drew Wilson is assistant strength and conditioning coach. Wilson comes to the Giants after four years at the University of Colorado. He replaces Thomas Stallworth, who left the Giants after three seasons to become the Atlanta Falcons’ strength and conditioning coach.