Detroit Lions general manager screams in delight after selecting picks
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Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes screamed in delight after picking Jahmyr Gibbs in the NFL Draft on Thursday. Lions snapped up the running back after selecting 12th and also got their hands on linebacker Jack Campbell after being handed the 18th pick as well.
On Friday, the Lions posted a behind-the-scenes video to Twitter of their backroom team making their first pick. And the footage shows Holmes’ emotions getting the better of him as he rises to his feet, slaps his hand against the table and hugs his colleagues in a show of jubilation.
The video also shows Holmes on the phone to Gibbs following the pick. “Are you ready to be a Lion,” asks the 43-year-old. “We’re fired up over here man, you’re going to be a big-time weapon for us. We’re super excited with Jack man. You’re going to do a lot of big things for us going forward man.”
Holmes then passes the phone to Lions head coach Dan Campbell, who tells the 21-year-old: “Hey congratulations. Yeah we’re excited to have you man. You’re going to fit perfect out here with us. We’ll talk to you soon.”
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Despite Holmes’ excitement, the selection of Gibbs and Campbell has split opinion and has raised eyebrows in some quarters as the players weren’t considered to be in high demand and may have been available to pick on Day 2 of the Draft.
“Did the Gibbs pick deflate the entire city of Detroit,” wrote @HonoluluBlues_ on Twitter. And @BrettHensel3 penned: “We don’t need a third running back.” Meanwhile @MRC0013 said: “I really hope these picks work out better than I think they will.” And @DetroitOnLion added: “Lions putting on a clinic for bad positional value in the first round.”
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But Holmes has defended his team’s decision to sign the pair. “Like I told you guys in the past, they’re football players,” the general manager said after being quizzed about positional value. “If you believe that they have an impact for you on the field, then you just go ahead and take them.
“If you put them in boxes, you put them on a sheet of paper, you run mock draft analytics, you can come up with those stats. But all the hours and research and all the time that we put in, in terms of looking at these players, it becomes very, very visible, the kind of impact we think they can bring.”
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