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Rams lose Director of College Scouting to Lions’ GM job

That should mean two third round picks

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The Detroit Lions are expected to hire Brad Holmes, currently the director of college scouting for the LA Rams, to be their next general manager, agreeing to terms on a five-year deal on Thursday according to multiple sources. The move means that the Rams will receive two third round compensatory picks — picks that will be added at the end of the third round — because the Lions hired a minority candidate out of their organization.

It was previously reported that the Lions couldn’t announce Holmes as GM until the Rams were finished with the postseason but it appears that Detroit may do so if LA approves it. In either case, it seems as though Holmes is headed to the Lions eventually.

Holmes was previously the director of college scouting for the Los Angeles Rams, which is the organization he’s known for the last 18 years. Because of a rule that was approved in November to reward teams for hiring minority candidates out of other organizations, the Rams are expected to receive two third round compensatory picks.

Holmes had also interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons, but it was reported on Thursday that they are expected to hire Terry Fontenot as their next GM, leaving Holmes available to the Lions.

Here’s some of what was written about Holmes in our previous reports.

Holmes started as a public relations intern in 2003 and the following year he became a scouting assistant in 2004. Holmes worked his way up the ranks – as a national combine scout, area scout and national scout before becoming the director of college scouting in 2013.

The Lions have not interviewed or requested an interview with Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley yet, but with Holmes as the new GM, that could happen soon. Jason LaCanfora says that Staley would bring in Anthony Weaver, Jonathan Gannon and Jay Rodgers as assistants.

It was also reported on Thursday by Michael Lombardi that the Jacksonville Jaguars could hire Ray Farmer out of the Rams’ organization to be their next GM. Farmer is also a minority candidate, which I assume would mean two more third round picks.