Brad Holmes now 'the favorite' to become Lions' GM


The dominoes are starting to fall in the Lions' search for a general manager.

The team flew in Rams' director of college scouting Brad Holmes for a second interview on Wednesday, the same day another of Detroit's GM targets in George Paton was hired by the Broncos.

That makes Holmes 'the favorite' to land the job with the Lions, according to Adam Schefter.

The Lions are also still hoping to land second interviews with Colts assistant GM Ed Dodds and Saints assistant GM's Larry Fontenot and Jeff Ireland.

Holmes has spent the duration of his 18 years in the NFL with the Rams. He's directed the draft for the organization since 2013, including the selections of Aaron Donald 13th overall in 2014, Todd Gurley 10th overall in 2015 and Jared Goff first overall in 2016.

Most impressively, Holmes has helped keep the Rams competitive without a first-round pick in each of the past four drafts. The team has made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons and reached the Super Bowl in 2018.

Should the Lions indeed hire Holmes, they will likely go with an experienced hire at head coach. That would the put the likes of Marvin Lewis, Todd Bowles, Darrell Bevell and Dan Campbell at the front of the line, along with any potential head coaching targets from the college ranks.