On Wednesday morning, the Detroit Lions officially announced the news that will shake up their front office. To help with new general manager Brad Holmes, the Lions have hired Ray Agnew as the team’s assistant GM and John Dorsey as the team’s senior personnel executives.
Both hires were previously reported, but now Dorsey has his official title. That one is important, because he is now the most tenured executive in Detroit’s front office. After years of scouting in the early 1990s, Dorsey became the director of college scouting for the Packers back in 1997. Since then, he’s been in an NFL front office every year. Most notably, he spent four years as the Kansas City Chiefs’ general manager, responsible for such draft picks as Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Marcus Peters. Then he was hired as the Browns’ general manager and found Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward and Nick Chubb in his first draft with Cleveland. Last year, Dorsey served as a front office consultant for the Eagles.
As for Agnew, he will be the yin to Holmes’ yang. Both worked alongside each other for the Los Angeles Rams for the past few years. Holmes was the director of college scouting from 2013 to 2020, while Agnew was the director of pro scouting for the past four seasons.
Put these three together, and suddenly the Lions have somewhat of a full crew in their front office. They’ll need all hands on deck, as the team plans on trading franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford this offseason and currently hold the seventh overall pick in April’s draft. This could be one of the most important offseasons in Lions history.