|Position:||Executive Director of Player Personnel/Special Assistant to the Head Coach|
Billy Devaney joined the Nebraska staff in 2016 as Executive Director of Player Personnel and Special Assistant to the Head Coach. Devaney is a veteran NFL executive with more than three decades of NFL experience.
Devaney works with Head Coach Mike Riley to develop, implement and oversee a comprehensive football player personnel program. Devaney leads the process of identifying prospective student-athletes, allocation of scholarship offers and assists the head coach with roster management. Devaney also directly oversees the Huskers’ player personnel and recruiting staffs.
Devaney served as the general manager of the St. Louis Rams from December of 2008 through the 2011 season, and was also the Rams’ executive vice president of player personnel in the 2008 season. Devaney was most recently a college scout for the Atlanta Falcons in 2014 and 2015.
Devaney got his start in professional football as a scout with the Washington Redskins from 1983 to 1990. During Devaney's time with the Redskins, the team advanced to two Super Bowls (1983 and 1987), winning in 1987. His first front office job was as director of player personnel for the San Diego Chargers from 1990 to 2000. During his stint with the Chargers, the team appeared in Super Bowl XXIX following the 1994 season. Devaney was also in the Chargers’ front office when the organization hired Riley as head coach before the 1999 season.
Devaney spent time in the San Francisco 49ers (2001-03) and Atlanta Falcons (2006-07) front offices before taking over in St. Louis in 2008. He also worked as an NFL analyst for ESPN during the 2013 season and for CBS Sports in 2004 and 2005. He is a graduate of Elon University.
2016-17: Nebraska, Executive Director of Player Personnel/Special Assistant to the Head Coach
2014-15: Atlanta Falcons, Pro Personnel Scout
2008-11: St. Louis Rams, General Manager
2008: St. Louis Rams, Executive Vice President, Player Personnel
2007: Atlanta Falcons, Assistant General Manager
2006: Atlanta Falcons, Senior Personnel Executive
2001-03: San Francisco 49ers, Pro Personnel Assistant
1990-2000: San Diego Chargers, Director of Player Personnel
1983-90: Washington Redskins, Pro Scout
1979-82: Washington Redskins, College Scout
2013: ESPN, NFL Analyst
2004-05: CBS Sports, NFL Analyst