Lions could be zeroing in on Brad Holmes for GM job

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The Lions are bringing in their first GM candidate for a second interview: Brad Holmes.

The director of college scouting for the Rams, Holmes first interviewed with the Lions via Zoom last week. He's flying to Detroit Tuesday night for an in-person interview Wednesday, according to Adam Schefter.

The Lions will have competition for his services. Holmes has already had a second interview with the Falcons and 'is tracking to land a GM job,' according to Schefter.

Holmes has spent the duration of his 18 years in the NFL with the Rams. He's been in charge of the draft for the organization since 2013, which included picking five-time All-Pro Aaron Donald 13th overall in 2014, two-time All-Pro Todd Gurley 10th overall in 2015 and quarterback Jared Goff first overall in 2016.

Holmes has helped keep the Rams competitive despite their lack of 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.

"We want smart players, instinctive players and explosive players," he said after the 2019 draft. "Those are the pillars we look for in football players, the core components, critical factors that we look for.”

Should Holmes land the job in Detroit, the Lions will likely go with an experienced hire at head coach. You might remember their last rookie GM/rookie head coach tandem: Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia.

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. Recently-fired Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is a name to watch as well.