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49ers Executive Ran Carthon Aims to Run a Team of His Own

San Francisco 49ers director of personnel Ran Carthon before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Santa Clara, Calif., on Nov. 28, 2021. Carthon is in his fifth season as director of player personnel with the San Francisco 49ers after holding that same job for five years with the Rams, and hopes to be a general manager candidate some day soon to run a team of his own. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn, File)
San Francisco 49ers director of personnel Ran Carthon before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Santa Clara, Calif., on Nov. 28, 2021. Carthon is in his fifth season as director of player personnel with the San Francisco 49ers after holding that same job for five years with the Rams, and hopes to be a general manager candidate some day soon to run a team of his own. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn, File)

Santa Clara, Calif. (AP) -- Ran Carthon had been preparing to be an NFL general manager decades before he even got involved with an NFL team.

As a kid growing up, Carthon would talk with his NFL playing dad, Maurice, about the talent level of various players around the league, and took a big interest each year in the draft.