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Brad Holmes Addresses Trading The No. 29 Pick

With just one week left until the 2024 NFL Draft, anticipation is building in downtown Detroit, where the event will be hosted amid a sea of passionate Detroit Lions fans. As the excitement mounts, all eyes are on Lions GM Brad Holmes, who holds the No. 29 overall pick in the first round. The question on everyone’s mind: Will Holmes make a selection in the first round, or will he opt for a strategic trade?

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Strategic Considerations in a Hometown Setting

The draft being in Detroit adds a unique local flavor and pressure, given the proximity to the Lions’ fanbase, who are eager to witness a significant first-round pick by their team. However, during a pre-draft press conference on Thursday morning, Holmes emphasized a pragmatic approach. “We have to do the right thing for the organization,” he stated, underscoring his commitment to the team’s long-term success over the immediate gratification of the draft crowd.

“We have to do the right thing for the organization,” he said. “And if it makes sense and it lines up and it’s the right thing to do, then we have to do the right thing and so say that happens where the fans have been waiting there all night for this pick and we get an offer that we really can’t turn down, it makes sense. We’ve got to do the right thing and hopefully our fans will forgive us and hopefully they’ll forgive us. Now, we won’t expect immediate forgiveness right then and there, but hopefully when the season starts and that player that we selected they’re like, ‘OK, all right, we can kind of get past the –’ But I totally understand that.”

Holmes’ History of Decisive Moves

In his first three drafts with the Lions, Holmes has not shied away from making bold moves, including trades that he believes will benefit the team. This year, speculation is rife about the Lions’ strategy under his leadership. While some insiders suggest a possible trade up from No. 29 to snag an elite player, others anticipate a trade out of the first round in exchange for more draft capital. Holmes has cultivated a reputation for prioritizing strategic team needs over conventional expectations.

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TL;DR (too long didn’t read)

  1. Home Draft Pressure: The 2024 NFL Draft being hosted in downtown Detroit adds a layer of local excitement and expectation. Detroit Lions fans are particularly eager to see a significant move from GM Brad Holmes with the No. 29 pick, as they will be watching closely in their hometown setting.
  2. Holmes’ Strategic Approach: Brad Holmes has expressed his commitment to making decisions that are in the best interest of the organization, regardless of external pressures. His track record shows a willingness to trade picks if it benefits the team strategically, emphasizing long-term success over short-term gains.
  3. Potential Trade Scenarios: Speculation surrounds the Lions’ draft strategy, with possibilities including trading up to acquire a higher-value player or trading out of the first round to accumulate more draft assets. Holmes’ past decisions suggest he will prioritize what he believes will best enhance the team’s competitiveness and depth.

The Bottom Line: Team First, Even at Home

As the draft night approaches, Brad Holmes faces the dual pressures of delivering in front of a hometown crowd and making the best decisions for the franchise’s future. His track record suggests that he will follow through on his strategy to enhance team competitiveness, even if it means passing up the immediate thrill of a first-round draft pick. This approach may disappoint some fans in the short term, but Holmes is focused on the bigger picture—building a robust team capable of sustained success. The upcoming draft night in Detroit promises not only excitement but also pivotal decisions that will shape the Lions’ future.

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