The Detroit Lions hired Brad Holmes as their new general manager and executive vice president on Thursday.
Holmes, 41, had been with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams for the past 18 years, the last eight as their director of college scouting. Holmes, who reportedly signed a five-year deal, will beone of the youngest GMs in the league.
Holmes will oversee the Lions' football operations and report directly to principal owner and chairman Sheila Ford Hamp and president and CEO Rod Wood.
"On behalf of the entire Lions organization, I am thrilled to welcome Brad Holmes to Detroit," Hamp said in a team release. "Several weeks ago when we embarked on this process, it was critical that we find the right person to fit our vision for this team. It was evident early on that Brad is a proven leader who is ready for this opportunity. We are thrilled to introduce him to our fans as a member of our football family."
The Rams will reportedly receive two third-round compensatory draft picks as part of the NFL's new hiring initiatives.
Per a league resolution adopted in November, a team receives a third-rounder in each of the next two drafts if a minority assistant coach becomes a head coach or a personnel executive becomes a general manager.
Holmes, who played college football at North Carolina AT, worked for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks after graduation before joining the Rams in St. Louis as a public relations intern in 2003.
He was promoted to college scouting director in 2013 and had in integral role in the drafting of several key players, including defensive tackle Aaron Donald, quarterback Jared Goff and wide receiver Cooper Kupp.
Holmes replaces Bob Quinn, who was dismissed along with head coach Matt Patricia on Nov. 28.
The Lions finished 5-11 in 2020, their third straight losing season. Detroit hasn't made the playoffs since 2016 and has not won a playoff game since the 1991 season, a 29-year drought that is the second-longest active streak in the NFL behind the Cincinnati Bengals (30 years).
Holmes' immediate priorities will include hiring a head coach and preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft, where the Lions will have the No. 7 overall pick.
"Throughout our search for a new general manager, Brad was someone who stood out immediately," Wood said in the release. "His abilities as a critical thinker, along with his extensive experience implementing technology and analytics into his approach to scouting, were among the many decisive qualities Brad displayed in our time getting to know him during the interview process. We look forward to him helping lead our organization as we take the next steps as a team."
Holmes also interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons for their GM vacancy.
--Field Level Media