Detroit Lions to make Los Angeles Rams scouting director Brad Holmes GM
The Detroit Lions have hired Los Angeles Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes as the team's new general manager,
Holmes becomes the second Black general manager in team history, following Martin Mayhew, who was the team's general manager from 2009 to '15.
The Rams will become the first team to receive two third-round compensatory draft picks as part of the NFL's new hiring initiatives.
"Several weeks ago when we embarked on this process, it was critical that we find the right person to fit our vision for this team," Lions owner Shelia Ford Hamp said in a statement."It was evident early on that Brad is a proven leader who is ready for this opportunity."
Holmes initially interviewed with Detroit virtually on Jan. 6 and then in person Wednesday. The North Carolina A&T grad -- he majored in journalism and mass communication -- has spent his entire professional career with the Rams.
He began as a public relations intern in 2003 before moving over to the scouting side and working his way up to his role as the director of college scouting. Now, he'll be replacing Bob Quinn, who was fired by the Lions in November after almost five years in the job.
Among the players taken during his tenure as the Rams' director of college scouting were two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, wide receiver Cooper Kupp, safety John Johnson III, linebacker Samson Ebukam, tight ends Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett, running back Todd Gurley and quarterback Jared Goff.
"The standard is, first of all, we get passionate players," Holmes told the team's website in 2019. "We talk about being good teammates, being a connected team. We talk about being relentless. We want smart players, instinctive players, explosive players.
"Those are the kind of pillars that we look for in football players for the Rams. You're smart. You're instinctive. You're explosive. Those are the core components, critical factors that we look for."
We just got off a great emotional call with Brad Holmes that of course ended with Les and Brad breaking down the draft... which led me to ask Les when he first knew Brad had "it"... .@Lions fans - get jacked... he's built for this!(oh and comment at end