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Jeff Seidel: Lions new GM Brad Holmes is an exciting hire who wants 'game wreckers'

Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press on

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DETROIT — There is a lot to like about Brad Holmes, the Detroit Lions' new general manager.

This is the guy who helped pick Aaron Donald after the Lions picked Eric Ebron.

Case closed. Drop the mic. Welcome to the Motor City.

That’s enough of a resume, by itself, to endear him to Lions fans, many of whom look at the Lions’ decision to pass on Donald as the ultimate symbol of organizational futility.

But wait.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Holmes, the director of the Rams' drafts the past eight years, helped take Todd Gurley, who became the 2017 NFL offensive player of the year.

This is the guy who helped build a roster that won division titles in 2017 and 2018 and played in Super Bowl 53 vs. New England less than two years ago — even though the Rams haven’t had a first-round pick in four years. The reason is fascinating.

Holmes has been raised, at least professionally, in an organization that has used draft picks as currency, as a means to get what the team needs and put it over the top, instead of just trying to draft the best available player.

The Rams traded their first-round pick to move up and draft quarterback Jared Goff at No. 1 overall in 2016. They traded another first-round pick to get wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

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