Lance Newmark enters his 25th year in the National Football League and 23rd in the Lions player personnel department. The 2020 season will be Newmark's fourth as the Lions director of player personnel, having been elevated to his position in May 2017 by Lions Executive Vice President of Football Operations & General Manager Bob Quinn. In his current role, Newmark, 45, helps oversee the department's comprehensive college and pro scouting operations, while evaluating prospects in both areas. Additionally, he assists with the day-to-day management of the Lions roster and the implementation of Quinn's scouting vision throughout the player personnel department. Newmark works closely with Quinn in all aspects of the Lions scouting effort. He brings over two decades of college scouting experience to the club's NFL Draft process and plays an important role during the annual NFL Free Agency period as well. Prior to his time as director of player personnel, Newmark spent two years as the club's director of college scouting, where he managed the department's evaluation of college talent and collegiate scouting operations in preparation for the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts. During his time with the Lions, Newmark has also served as the club's assistant director of college scouting for seven years, National Scout for three years and as an area scout for six years. His time in Detroit began in 1998, when he assisted the player personnel department with various scouting assignments during the season and in preparation for the 1999 NFL Draft. Newmark was officially hired to the club's scouting staff in May 1999. Prior to joining the Lions, he spent two years with the San Diego Chargers as a staff assistant. Raised in La Mesa, Calif., Newmark played wide receiver for two years at San Diego Mesa College, before transferring to the University of San Diego for one year, where injuries ended his playing career. He holds a degree in social sciences. Newmark and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters, Laci, Kendall and Ava.