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Former Notre Dame Director of Personnel Tim McDonnell Joins New York Giants Staff as Scout

March 27th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
By Douglas Rush

Tim McDonnell's ties to the New York Giants are no secret. He's the grandson to late Giants owner Wellington Mara and the nephew to current Giants owner John Mara.

Over the last eight seasons, McDonnell has been with Notre Dame as their Director of Player Personnel. On Wednesday, Jenny Vrentas of the Newark-Star Ledger reported that McDonnell is leaving South Bend to land a job working for his family.

"Confirmed that Notre Dame Dir. of Football Personnel Tim McDonnell (Wellington Mara's grandson) joining Giants as pro personnel scout," Vrentas tweeted.

McDonnell will join the Giants staff in 2013 as a pro personnel scout, a role in which current Giants General Manager Jerry Reese had at one time. Reese eventually moved up to Director of Player Personnel in 2002 and got promoted in 2007 to general manager after then-GM Ernie Accorsi retired.

McDonnell was hired in 2005 by then Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis as a quality control coordinator and then got the director job in 2009 and remained in the role even when Brian Kelly took the reigns from Weis.

While with the Fighting Irish, McDonnell most recent accomplishments include coordinating the walk-on program and served as a liaison between the university and the NFL.

Now, McDonnell will work at the pro level and be a scout under Reese, as well as working for his uncle in the family business.


Tags: Ernie Accorsi, Football, Jerry Reese, John Mara, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Notre Dame, Tim McDonnell, Wellington Mara

14 Responses to “Former Notre Dame Director of Personnel Tim McDonnell Joins New York Giants Staff as Scout”

  1.  norm says:

    Well, that clinches it.

    Te’o to the Giants.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    I wonder is we look at Mike Golic JR as a late round or free agent Guard/Center prospect.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Not anywhere near the equal of his father. Probably an UDFA.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        His father was saying this morning he posted top 5 combine numbers in several different categories for Center/Guards.

        His father is Mike not Bob. Although he’s a different position probably a lot like his father because he will have to battle his way up.

        •  fanfor55years says:

          Ah, the ESPN guy, not the really good football player. Bob Golic was a pretty darned good defensive player. Tough guy too.

          At least this kid has good genes. Maybe he’s worth a later pick.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Must be nice being a Mara, or a Tisch. You grow up rich and then can decide you’re ready to have a job with the Giants when you want to have a bit of fun.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    I Warmack is on the board when Reese selects, he’s a Giant.
    I would love Richardson, or Floyd. But the big guard would be here kicking tail for about 10 years. John Hanna the second.

    Not to worry, no such luck……………………….

  5.  norm says:

    I don’t know why so many people are assuming that Warmack won’t be there at 19.

    Yeah, the guy may be a top-10 level talent put it’s at a position that’s been historically disregarded by NFL GM’s in the first round. Guards are rarely drafted in the top 15. Last year DeCastro was being talked about pre-draft as a lock for the top 15 and he dropped all the way to 24.

    Plus there really aren’t all that many teams ahead of the Giants for whom OG is the most pressing need. One of them, the Titans, just gave a big contract to Levitre so they’re out of play. The Cardinals could use a guard but they need a lot of other pieces as well and picking 7th, I just don’t see them taking an interior lineman that high. The Chargers at 11 have a bad line but are likely to prioritize tackle if they go O-line there.

    The two biggest obstacles between Warmack and the Giants are the Rams at 16 and the Cowboys at 18. If both of those teams decide to look elsewhere, than Warmack’s a Giant.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I’m willing to bet him or Cooper is around. I think people can’t overlook Cooper because to some he’s as good or better than Warmack. In the last 12 years only 3 guards were drafted before #19.

      •  Emperor Norton says:

        Exactly. Remember last year, when David DeCastro was the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson, and was going to go anywhere between #6 and #19 (because he was absolutely never going to get by Chicago)? Pittsburgh swept in at 24 to pick him up. NFL GMs don’t value offensive lineman who aren’t keeping their quarterbacks safe from defensive ends. That statement might be so true that JR passes on him at #19.

        •  BBWC says:

          On offense, I think our biggest need is OL, followed by TE and RB. After looking at some of the mock drafts, I doubt there will be any OL left on the board that’s worthy of the 19th pick….and I’m sure our first pick won’t be a RB and I’m fairly sure if won’t be a TE.

          My guess is…. we are going to draft Defense in the first round. IMO the biggest area of needs are LB, DE and CB. A lot depends on what their plan is for Kiwi, my guess is Kiwi will move back to DE now that Osi is gone. So that leaves LB and CB as the most pressing needs. At LB the Giants could use a thumper inside and an athletic boost outside. Conner may be the thumper, Ogletree would give us that athetic boost and he’s pretty good thumper as well. If not Ogletree, it will be a CB possibly Rhodes or Trufant. Although Rhodes most likely will be gone.

          Faced with a choice between LB Ogletree, CB Trufant and the only other option I see is DE Datone Jones.

          Drum roll plz……….. The Giants select Ogletree….. you heard it here first!

          Unless sombody like Werner or Mingo drops… that would throw a monkey wrench in.

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