According to an NFL spokesperson, she would be the highest ranked woman as a scouting leader on an NFL team.
“Kelly is a rising star in the NFL, and we are fortunate to add someone of his caliber to the Denver Broncos,” Broncos general manager George Paton said in a press release.
Paton said Kleine would report directly to him and serve as the primary liaison for the Broncos’ football operations. She will also have responsibilities with professional and collegiate scouting, he said.
Kleine will be involved in the team’s personnel department, which includes player evaluation, NFL draft and free agency preparations, and day-to-day football administration. She will also oversee Denver’s video and equipment departments, the statement said.
Prior to being hired by Denver, Kleine worked for nearly a decade for the Minnesota Vikings, most recently as the director of player personnel / college scouting.
She started as a public relations intern for the Vikings in 2012 and rose through the ranks, the statement said. Kleine’s responsibilities with the Vikings included scouting college players from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana and the Dakotas, the statement said.
After nine years with the Vikings, the Sheboygan, Wisconsin native will begin her tenth NFL season with the Broncos.