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Detroit Lions GM candidate profile: Get to know Brad Holmes

We interview a Rams expert to get more info on the little-known general manager candidate.

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A new name was added to the Detroit Lions’ general manager search late last week when ESPN reported that both the Lions and the Atlanta Falcons are expected to interview current Los Angeles Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes.

Holmes hasn’t been a household name, and the Rams don’t have a full profile of him on their website, leaving many wondering what’s the big deal with this guy. Obviously, the Rams have drafted fairly well and their player personnel is in a pretty good spot, but is the 41-year-old scout ready to make the big jump to general manager?

So to get more information on Holmes, we chatted with Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review Journal. Bonsignore covers the Raiders now, but he spent decades covering the Rams, and wrote this fantastic piece for The Athletic last year detailing the Rams’ draft process, including some of Holmes’ roles in the past.

We asked Bonsignore why he thought Holmes was getting this sort of attention, what kind of person he is, the kind of draft prospects he values throughout the process, and if he believes Holmes is ready for the next step in the process.

PLUS, what makes the Rams’ drafting system so detailed and successful? Who could Holmes bring with him to Detroit as coaching candidates?

You can listen to our interview on any of your favorite podcasting platforms or in the player embedded below. You can also watch our interview with Bonsignore on our YouTube and Twitch pages on demand.