About Russ Lande
Russ was born in New York and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Packer Collegiate Institute and Bronx High School of Science before going to Babson College. He then graduated from Babson College with a degree in economics, marketing and entrepreneurial studies.
Currently, Russ lives in New Jersey with his family.
After graduating from Babson College, his love of football lead him to Los Angeles where he secured an unpaid position with the UCLA Bruins as a part-time Recruiting Intern under Bill Rees. This was the beginning of his Scouting career. After a season at UCLA, Russ landed a position with the then Los Angeles Rams as a Pro Scouting Intern, under Jack Faulkner. Russ moved from an unpaid intern to a scouting administrator from 1994 to 1998 and learned from some of the best football minds – Jack Faulkner, Dick Vermeil, Mike White, Bud Carson, Charley Armey and Nick Aliotti. After leaving the Rams following the 1998 NFL Draft, Russ founded GM Jr Scouting and published his first annual GM Jr’s Guide to the NFL Draft (“The Guide”), starting with the 1999 NFL Draft. In addition to publishing The Guide, Russ was hired by the XFL as an East Coast Scout. After publishing The Guide to the 1999 and 2000 NFL Drafts, while working for both the XFL and CBS Sports NFL Today Show, Russ was hired as the Browns Midwest Blesto Scout. As a Scout for the Browns, Russ evaluated all senior players at over 70 Midwest colleges and universities. He was recognized as having found Billy Cundiff in the fall of 2001, having rated him as a future starting NFL place kicker.
Billy Cundiff’s Player Report
USA Today report
GM Jr. Scouting LLC
Due to Russ’s passion for football, he founded GM Jr. Scouting in June 1998. As stated, it was in 1999 that he published the first edition of The Guide. Since that time or 9 editions later, The Guide has the reputation for being the most thorough, opinionated and accurate analysis of eligible college players for the NFL Draft. It is the most unique Draft Guide on the market as the reports are written by ex NFL Scouts.
Since 2007, Russ Lande has been the draft expert for The Sporting News. His company, GM Jr. Scouting LLC supplies The Sporting News all NFL content for the NFL and NFL Draft, both online and in their annual Sporting News Pro Football Draft publication.
“[I] n the world of draft analysts there’s the herd and then there’s Russ who will always tell you what he really thinks about a player; the GM jr is a must-read to get a real insider’s perpspective” Colin Lindsay, Editor of the Great Blue North Draft Report
As a result of The Guide’s success, Russ has been asked to appear on numerous radio and television broadcasts.
The beginning of Russ’s television career began when he was hired by CBS Sports as an Editorial Consultant, for the NFL Today Show. For two years, he analyzed NFL games and provided statistical breakdowns, game analysis and background information to Jim Nantz, Mike Ditka, Jerry Glanville and other on-air talent for use on pre-game, half-time and post-game shows.
Russ has a reputation as begin very professional analyst with a keen mind and voluminous memory. He is very well recognized and respected by his peers.
“I have known Russ Lande for a long time. A tireless worker with an encyclopedic knowledge of the NFL and those players who hope to one day make it in the league. He is poised, articulate, and camera savvy. Someone is going to develop the next great expert of America’s favorite television sport”. Jim Nantz, Sportscaster, CBS Sports.
This past season, he appeared on CBS Network as the Draft Expert, hosted by Adam Zucker along with Aaron Taylor, Randy Cross and Rich Rodriguez. In addition, Russ appeared on The Big Ten Network, ESPN 2 and many national radio shows.
To catch Russ for the upcoming season, please see “Radio/TV Appearances.”