Brad Holmes: Lions 'absolutely not' out of QB market in draft


Brad Holmes and the Lions like Jared Goff. View him as their potential quarterback of the future. They owe him $43 million guaranteed over the next two seasons. They took on his contract because they believe in his ability.

Both Holmes and Lions assistant GM Ray Agnew were with the Rams when Goff took LA to the Super Bowl in 2018. Now they want to know where he can take Detroit, and they intend to find out. Goff, almost certainly, will be the Lions' starting quarterback in 2021.

"To have familiarity with a player is huge," Holmes said on Tuesday's episode of the Huddle and Flow podcast with Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter. "The thing that Jared shows, the No. 1 thing that shows up is toughness. That’s one aspect that may be overlooked at times, but that’s one that always shot out to me. And his arm talent, his ability to throw from different levels and platforms. And being a winner. When you talk about wins, not only in the regular season but in the payoffs, of current quarterbacks he ranks up there at the top. So having those familiarities and those traits about him makes you very excited."

Only one quarterback in the NFL has more wins than Goff since 2017: Tom Brady. And Goff is still just 26 years old. He was a Pro Bowler in 2017 and 2018 during which time he threw 60 touchdowns to 19 picks and posted a passer rating over 100.0. The Lions have faith he can get back to that level. So does that take them out of the quarterback market with the seventh overall pick in this year's draft?

"Oh, no. No, absolutely not," said Holmes. "I don’t think when you’re picking this high that you can be out on any position. But obviously quarterback is such an important position. And I just think it’s good drafting business, always, to be very thorough on that quarterback class, regardless of what your situation is. When I was with the Rams, I always said that. Regardless of what you had at quarterback, and especially now, it’s the same approach. It is a good crop coming out this year and it’s definitely not a position that will be ignored by us by any means."

There's a chance the Lions could have their pick of Zach Wilson, Justin Fields and Trey Lance at No. 7. It's equally possible that all three will be gone. The Jaguars are certain to take Trevor Lawrence first overall, and three teams could be eyeing a QB in the next five picks in the Jets (No. 2), Falcons (No. 4) and Eagles (No. 6). And others could trade up. So who knows what the board will look like at No. 7.

But Holmes and the Lions aren't ruling anything out, even as they believe in Goff. Like the trade that brought Goff to Detroit along with two first-round picks, Holmes said every decision boils down to what's "best long-term for the organization, (even if) from the outside it looks more immediate."

"You can’t ignore the present because you have to compete in the present," he said, "but it’s aways with the long-term vision in mind."

Maybe that vision includes a quarterback with the seventh overall pick.

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