LOS ANGELES (BVM) – Just two years removed from a Super Bowl appearance and back in the NFC Divisional Round this season, the Los Angeles Rams’ coaching staff and front office has become a popular target for other teams. After a 10-6 regular season and a road Wild Card win over the Seattle Seahawks, the Rams will lose one of their brightest talent evaluators this offseason.
Los Angeles’ director of college scouting, Brad Holmes, reached an agreement on a five-year contract to become the Detroit Lions’ general manager after a second interview on Wednesday. Holmes spent his entire NFL career with the Rams, starting as a public relations intern in 2003, joining the scouting department as an intern months later and eventually working his way into position to run the team’s previous eight drafts.
As the Rams’ college scouting director, Holmes was instrumental in selecting Aaron Donald with the 13th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft and choosing Jared Goff over Carson Wentz with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. More impressively, the new Lions’ GM has kept the Rams competitive despite not having a first-round pick for the last four years.
The loss of Holmes will be felt in Los Angeles, but his departure comes with draft compensation.
Thanks to a new rule approved by the NFL in November, the Rams will receive two third-round compensatory picks. It’s part of the league’s effort to reward teams for developing minority candidates who go on to become head coaches and general managers for other organizations.
It's fitting that the Rams are the first NFL team to receive two compensatory third-round draft picks as part of the league's hiring initiatives. They are one of the NFL's most diverse organizations, from top to bottom.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2021
Teams that lose a minority coach or executive to a head coach or general manager job with another team will receive a third-round compensatory pick for two consecutive years, which means Los Angeles will get a third-rounder in 2021 and another in 2022. The draft compensation seems timely as the Rams are without a first- and fourth-round pick in 2021 due to the Jalen Ramsey trade.
It will be tough to replace the value that Holmes brought to Los Angeles, considering he drafted Donald (2017 Defensive Player of the Year), Todd Gurley (2017 Offensive Player of the Year), Rob Havenstein (member of 2018 Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Year), Cooper Kupp and others.
But the Rams’ newly-acquired draft picks will help slightly in that regard, and more importantly, Holmes becomes the NFL’s third Black general manager, joining Andrew Berry (Browns) and Chris Grier (Dolphins).