The Detroit Lions have yet another candidate for their vacant general manager job. According to both Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, the Lions are expected to interview current Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes.
Holmes has spent his entire 18-year NFL career within the Rams organization. He first started there in public relations, but quickly moved over to the scouting side of the business. There he spent 15 years scouting, eventually becoming the director of college scouting in 2013.
Since 2013, Holmes has been partially responsible for seeing the Rams turn from a mediocre 7-9 team to the perennial playoff team they have been under head coach Sean McVay. Holmes has played a part in some of their most successful draft picks, including doing heavy scouting of Aaron Donald in 2014.
The Atlanta Falcons are also interested in Holmes are expected to interview him as well. The Falcons may have a leg up on Detroit, as Holmes is from Atlanta and has a history of scouting around that area.
Because Holmes is currently employed by the Rams, the Lions will not be able to interview him until the regular season is over. But per the new COVID-19 regulations, Detroit can request a virtual interview of Holmes after the regular season ends, even if the Rams are still in the playoffs, and Los Angeles is not permitted to deny that interview. In other words, the Lions could interview him as soon as January 4—less than two weeks away.
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