New general manager Chris Ballard is definitely putting his stamp on the Indianapolis Colts.
After reportedly parting ways with much of their scouting and personnel departments following the draft, the Colts have hired former Green Beret leader Brian Decker as their new player personnel strategist, a source told ESPN’s Seth Wickersham.
The retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel led missions in Iraq and reshaped how the Green Berets select their candidates. He built a data-driven system that measures mental processing and detects intangible leadership characteristics.
Decker has experience in the NFL, as he was hired by the Cleveland Browns after front-office staff visited his special forces camp in 2014. He worked for the Browns’ personnel department for two years, adjusting his system to fit college football prospects, but was let go when new management took over in 2016.
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