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Denver Broncos hire Kelly Kleine as exec director of football ops

Aug 27, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; A general view of the Denver Broncos logo outside of UCHealth Training Center where practice was cancelled after a morning team meeting. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos named Kelly Kleine as the executive director of football operations, a move that purportedly makes her the highest-ranking female in scouting in the history of the NFL.

Kleine reports directly to general manager George Paton, with whom she worked for nine years in Minnesota. Kleine was with the Vikings for 10 years.

“Kelly is a rising star in the NFL, and we’re fortunate to add someone of her caliber to the Denver Broncos,” Paton said in a team statement confirming the announcement on Monday. “Having worked with her for nine years in Minnesota, Kelly has a strong understanding of all aspects of football operations and player evaluation along with outstanding leadership qualities. She will be a tremendous resource with her experience on the pro and college sides as well as her knowledge of our grading scale and football calendar.”

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Per the Broncos, Kleine will be the primary liaison for the team’s football operations while also holding significant responsibilities in pro and college scouting. Kleine will be involved with player evaluation, day-to-day football administration and preparation for the NFL Draft and free agency. She will also oversee the Broncos’ video and equipment departments.

Kleine began as a public relations intern in Minnesota in 2012 and went on to became a scouting intern in 2013 and then scouting assistant in 2014. She was the team’s college scouting coordinator from 2015-18 before ascending to the role of manager of player personnel in 2018.

–Field Level Media