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Track the latest interviews conducted by the Giants for their next general manager. Candidates will be announced after each interview is completed.

Completed interviews:

Ryan Poles

Current Position: Kansas City Chiefs Executive Director of Player Personnel

Interview Dates: January 13 & 19

Poles, 36, is completing his first season as the Kansas City Chiefs' executive director of player personnel and 13th year with the team. Poles oversees all aspects of the scouting of college football players across the country, assists in the pro process and prepares for free agency, in addition to assisting general manager Brett Veach with the coordination of the NFL Draft and overseeing the team's out-of-town area scouts.

Poles joined the Chiefs in 2009 as the team's player personnel assistant before spending three seasons as the college scouting administrator. In 2013, Poles began a four-year stint as the Chiefs' college scouting administrator. He was the club's director of college scouting in 2017. Poles was promoted to assistant director of player personnel in 2018 and to his current position in 2021.

Prior to joining the Chiefs, Poles served as a recruiting assistant for his alma mater, Boston College, from 2008-09 after signing with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2008.

The Canandaigua, N.Y., native played offensive tackle for five seasons for the Eagles (2003-07), protecting current Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Poles was honored with the Paul Cavanaugh Award in 2007 as the student-athlete with total commitment to football both on and off the field and for his dedication to volunteerism, ethics and community.

Poles played prep football at Canandaigua Academy in Canandaigua.

He and his wife, Katie, have two children, Mason and Jordyn.

Joe Schoen

Current Position: Buffalo Bills Assistant General Manager

Interview Dates: January 12 & 18

The Buffalo Bills' assistant general manager, Schoen has 20 years of scouting and executive experience in the NFL, including the last five in Upstate New York. He joined the Bills in 2017 after spending most of the previous decade in the Miami Dolphins' front office, including the last four as the team's director of player personnel.

Schoen's first year in Miami was 2008 when he began a five-year stint as one of the Dolphins' national scouts before spending the 2013 season as their assistant director of college scouting.

Schoen, 42, led Miami's preparation, assessment and acquisition of potential professional and collegiate free agents. He was heavily involved in Miami's NFL draft preparations, including evaluation and draft board construction while also serving as a key liaison between the coaching staff and personnel staff.

Schoen's first NFL job was as a ticket office intern with the Carolina Panthers in 2000. He then spent seven seasons (2001-07) working for the Panthers under current Bills general manager Brandon Beane, first as a scouting assistant and then as a southeast and southwest scout.

A native of Elkhart, Indiana, Schoen graduated from DePauw University in 2001 with a communications degree. He was a quarterback as a freshman and wide receiver his final three years, serving as a captain during his senior season.

Adam Peters

Current Position: San Francisco 49ers Assistant General Manager

Interview Date: January 17

Peters, 42, is finishing his first season as the San Francisco 49ers' assistant general manager. The 19-year NFL veteran previously spent four years as the team's vice president of player personnel.

Peters joined San Francisco after spending eight seasons (2009-16) with the Denver Broncos. In 2016, he was named the Broncos' director of college scouting after spending two seasons as the team's assistant director of college scouting. Peters was a national scout for three years (2011-13) after originally joining the Broncos as a regional scout in 2009. As a member of Denver's personnel department, Peters helped the team acquire 27 players through the draft and college free agency who were vital members of the Super Bowl 50 championship roster.

In 2003, Peters began a six-year tenure with the New England Patriots. In his first two seasons with the Patriots as a scouting assistant, he was a part of two Super Bowl championship teams (XXXVIII in 2003 and XXXIX in 2004). In 2005, Peters handled pro scouting duties for the team before serving as an area scout in his final three seasons (2006-08).

Prior to the NFL, Peters spent one season (2002) as a football operations graduate assistant at UCLA, where he played defensive end from 1999-2001. He transferred to UCLA from West Valley Junior College in Saratoga, Calif., where he played tight end for two seasons (1997-98) and earned all-conference honors.

A native of Cupertino, Calif., Peters attended Monta Vista High School, where he was a football and baseball standout.

Peters and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Alexandra and Emilia.

Ran Carthon

Current Position: San Francisco 49ers Director of Player Personnel

Interview Date: January 17

Carthon, 40, is completing his first season as the San Francisco 49ers' director of player personnel after serving four seasons as the club's director of pro personnel. In his role, Carthon manages the pro scouting department in evaluating players among professional leagues while continuing his duties of advance scouting the 49ers' upcoming opponents. In addition, he prepares the club for acquisitions through free agency, trades and the daily waiver wire.

Carthon joined the 49ers after spending five seasons (2012-16) as the director of pro personnel for the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. Prior to that, he was a pro scout for the Atlanta Falcons from 2008-11.

In 2013 and 2018, Carthon was selected to participate in the NFL Career Development Symposium at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia.

Carthon played three seasons for the Indianapolis Colts. A running back, he joined the team as an undrafted rookie in 2004 and saw his first action the following year. Carthon played in nine career games through the 2006 season.

Carthon was a standout back at the University of Florida (1999-2003) where he competed in five bowl games and was part of the Gators 2000 SEC championship team.

His father, Maurice, played fullback for the Giants from 1986-91 and was a member of the teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV. An outstanding blocker, Maurice Carthon also rushed for 950 yards and caught 90 passes in a career that ended with the Indianapolis Colts in 1992. He also held coaching positions with the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.

Joe Hortiz

Current Position: Baltimore Ravens Director of Player Personnel

Interview Date: January 15

Hortiz, 46, is completing his 24th season with the Baltimore Ravens and third as director of player personnel. He works closely with George Kokinis, the team's other director of player personnel, to oversee all aspects of college and pro scouting for Baltimore. The pair serve as general manager Eric DeCosta's chief personnel evaluators.

Hortiz spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as the Ravens' director of college scouting. He was responsible for all aspects of the college process, coordinating the schedules and cross-checking duties of the area and national scouts. Hortiz also managed the team's draft preparation and the evaluation and ranking process of hundreds of NFL draft-eligible prospects.

Hortiz joined the Baltimore organization 1998 and worked for three years with the pro and college scouting staffs as a football personnel assistant, helping both then general manager Ozzie Newsome and senior vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty, who manages the salary cap.

In 2001-02, Hortiz scouted the northeast, and he was the Ravens' southeast area scout, covering the SEC, ACC and C-USA, from 2003-05. He was promoted to national scout in 2006 and to the director of college scouting three years later.

Hortiz and his wife, Jennifer -- both graduates of Auburn University -- have four boys, Joey (14), Jack (13), Jameson (10) and Julian (8). While earning his B.S. in accounting from Auburn, Hortiz was an undergraduate assistant coach for Terry Bowden and the Tigers' football team from 1995-97. He worked with both the quarterbacks and wide receivers and coached the scout team linebackers and secondary.

Monti Ossenfort

Current Position: Tennessee Titans Director of Player Personnel

Interview Date: January 14

Ossenfort, 43, is completing his second season as the Tennessee Titans' director of player personnel. The Titans are the top seed in the AFC playoffs after winning their division with a 12-5 record.

Before he was hired by the Titans in 2020, Ossenfort spent 14 years with the New England Patriots, the last six as the organization's director of college scouting.

Ossenfort previously served as the Patriots' assistant director of college scouting. He began his second stint with New England in 2006, the first of his three years as an area scout. Ossenfort was a national scout in 2009-10.

Ossenfort's first NFL experience came as a training camp intern for the Minnesota Vikings in 2001. He gained his first personnel experience in 2002 as an intern in the Houston Texans' pro personnel department. In 2003, he was a personnel assistant for the Patriots. Ossenfort returned to Houston as the Texans' pro and college scouting assistant. In 2005, he served as a college scout for the Texans.

Ossenfort was a four-year letterman and a two-year starter at quarterback for Division III University of Minnesota-Morris. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in economics and management. Ossenfort later earned a master's degree in business administration and a master's degree in sports management from Ohio University.

He is a native of Luverne, Minn. Ossenfort and his wife, Shannon, have three daughters, Emery Kailyn, Finley Betti and Landry Margot.

Ryan Cowden

Current Position: Tennessee Titans Vice President of Player Personnel

Interview Date: January 14

Cowden, 43, is completing his fourth season as the Tennessee Titans' vice president of player personnel, his sixth with the franchise and his 22nd in the NFL. The Titans finished 12-5 and are the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

Cowden oversees all areas of Tennessee's scouting department, both college and pro, including advance scouting, free agency preparation, and evaluation of players in the NFL and all other professional leagues. He also assists with college scouting and preparation for the NFL Draft.

Cowden joined the Titans in 2016 as their director of player personnel after 16 years with the Carolina Panthers.

In Carolina, Cowden last held the title of assistant director of college scouting, his position for two years. He had previously served as the team's national scout/senior college scout for two years (2012-14) and was a national scout from 2008-12.

Cowden originally joined the Panthers as a scouting assistant in 2000. He became an area scout in 2001 and was responsible for the southeast area from 2001-07. During his time in Carolina, the franchise won two NFC titles, five division crowns and advanced to the playoffs six times.

Cowden and his wife, Dana, have a son, Noah, and a daughter, London.

Quentin Harris

Current Position: Arizona Cardinals Vice President of Player Personnel

Interview Date: January 13

A 14-year member of the Arizona Cardinals' scouting department, Harris was promoted to vice president of player personnel last February. In that role, Harris works with general manager Steve Keim, managing both the college and pro personnel departments. His duties include evaluating the top college prospects nationally as well as the organization and implementation of the draft process. He oversees the pro personnel department, which includes player acquisition, evaluation and assisting with player contract negotiations.

Harris was Arizona's director of player personnel in 2019-20 after working as the team's director of pro scouting from 2013-18.

Harris began his scouting career after finishing his NFL playing career with the Denver Broncos in 2007. He joined the Cardinals in 2008 as a pro scout and was elevated to assistant pro personnel director in 2010.

Harris was signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2002 out of Syracuse and appeared in 54 games with six starts in four seasons. He led the Cardinals in special teams tackles with 19 in 2004 and 24 the following year. Harris joined the Giants as a free agent in 2006 but was waived at the end of training camp. He later signed with the Broncos, for whom he played his final six games. Harris finished his NFL career with 50 tackles (42 solo), one sack, one interception, five passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 58 special teams tackles.

Harris was a four-year starter at free safety for Syracuse, where he finished his Orange career with 327 tackles (183 solo), four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions in 42 career games. He earned a bachelor's degree in information studies in 2001. Harris was an honorable mention All-America selection at Wyoming Seminary Upper School in Kingston, Pa.

He and his wife Tara have a daughter, Aliyah, and two sons, Amani and Elijah.

Adrian Wilson

Current Position: Arizona Cardinals Vice President of Pro Personnel

Interview Date: January 12

Wilson is completing his seventh season with the Arizona Cardinals' scouting department and first as the team's vice president of pro personnel after being promoted in February 2021. In that role, Wilson supervises the pro scouting staff and oversees all pro player evaluation, the advance scouting process, free agency and the daily monitoring of player transactional movement in all professional leagues. He also assists with college scouting, including evaluations of all juniors and crosschecking top draft prospects.

Prior to his promotion, Wilson worked the past two years (2019-20) as the team's director of pro scouting.

Wilson joined the Cardinals staff following his retirement from the NFL in 2015 and spent four seasons (2015-18) assisting both the pro and college scouting departments.

Wilson spent 12 seasons (2001-12) playing with the Cardinals after joining the team as a third-round selection (64th overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft from North Carolina State. A five-time Pro Bowl selection (2006, 2008-11) and three-time All-Pro selection (2006, 2008-09), he finished his NFL career with 987 tackles (716 solo), 25.5 sacks, 27 INTs, 106 passes defensed, 15 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and four TDs in 181 regular season games (162 starts). Wilson and Hall of Famer Larry Wilson (1962-63, '65-70) are the only two safeties in team history selected to five or more Pro Bowls.

In 2015, Wilson became the 15th member of the Cardinals Ring of Honor. He was inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in October of 2016.

Wilson was a standout safety and split end at T.W. Andrews High School in High Point, N.C, where in June 2010 he had his prep jersey number (9) retired. He also played basketball and ran track in high school and was an honorable mention All-American in basketball in 1998. Wilson majored in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at N.C. State.

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