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Friday open thread: What area must Brad Holmes absolutely nail during his first offseason?

The new general manager enters a situation with plenty of needs.

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The Detroit Lions finally made their decision at general manager, hiring Brad Holmes from the Los Angeles Rams. The first-time general manager comes to a Lions organization with issues up and down the roster, as the team comes off its third-straight losing season and searches for its first playoff win in nearly 30 years.

The hope — and need — is for Holmes to be a significant upgrade over his predecessor Bob Quinn in nearly every facet. For the Lions to be seen as a legitimate competitor, there is not a quick switch that he can flip to make it everything rosy all of a sudden. That being said...

Today’s Question of the Day is:

What area must Brad Holmes absolutely nail during his first offseason?

My answer:

The possibilities are endless here. Free agency is going to be important, both from an external standpoint and regarding key outgoing contributors. How active will he be on the trade market? There are culture issues to address, including the relationship with like Calvin Johnson. There is also the looming decision regarding the quarterback position and Matthew Stafford.

However, this question is a no-brainer for me. Holmes comes from a role as the director of college scouting, and the Lions have gotten below-average returns from their draft picks for far too long. Detroit has the seventh-overall pick and plenty of good draft capital. If this organization is going to make a turnaround, it has to start with the 2021 draft.

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