Seattle to Interview Giants Scouting Director Marc Ross

New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross is scheduled to interview for the Seattle Seahawks general manager position next week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ross, 35, is another young up-and-comer with a strong background in scouting, in the same mold as previously identified candidates Eric DeCosta of the Baltimore Ravens, Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals, John Schneider of the Green Bay Packers and Tom Heckert of the Philadelphia Eagles.

He worked as a scout for the Buffalo Bills for three years before joining the Giants in 2007 as their director of college scouting and leader in their past two draft efforts.

The Giants have had very productive drafts despite having late first-round picks. This past season, Ross hit on standout wide receiver Hakeem Nicks with the 29th pick and starting right tackle William Beatty in the second.

The 2008 draft brought safety Kenny Phillips, the 31st pick in the first round. Phillips has missed most of this season with an arthritic knee problem, but the Giants selected starting corner Terrell Thomas in the second round and wide receiver Mario Manningham in the third.

Ross became the NFL’s youngest college scouting director in 2000 when he took over that role for the Philadelphia Eagles at age 27, where he was responsible for drafting such standouts as Brian Westbrook, Lito Sheppard and Derrick Burgess.

He moved to the Buffalo Bills in 2004 as a national college scout and then the Giants in 2007.

Ross was an All-Ivy League wide receiver in 1993 and 1994 at Princeton, where he graduated with a sociology degree. He earned a Master’s in sports management from the University of Massachusetts in 1997.

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