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A discussion of the Detroit Lions ̵

6;NFL draft class in the first year of GM Brad Holmes’ remake and all what it means for the future Monday May 3, 2021.

Detroit Free Press

When Brad Holmes defied conventional wisdom and entered the battle for the second round of qualifying on Day 2 of last week’s NFL draft, it was evident that it caused some friction from the cameras in Philadelphia’s draft room. Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Tuesday in a radio interview in Philadelphia that the Eagles had two defensive battles in mind as they traded from 70th to 73rd for a sixth-round draft pick. : Milton Williams of Louisiana Tech and Alim McNeill of North Carolina.

The Detroit Lions, who defended Washington Levi on Wusurike in the second round drafted McNeill, were ranked 72nd, picked one time before the Phillies clinched Williams.

As Roseman wandered around the room, drafting with a fist bumping into his colleague in celebration, he was greeted with an unbelievable response and what appeared to be a disapproval of remarks from those. Senior Director of the Eagles Players Team Tom Donahoe

Roseman, speaking in 94 WIP on Tuesday, argued that Donahue’s fears were due to the Lions’ choice.

over: Detroit Lions’ third-round pick Alim McNeill may also want to help the Tigers.

“We’re at 71. We have two people – two – standing on our boards, two defensive lines, and they’re different, different flavors,” Roseman said. “One is three, one is more to neutralize the nose and see. Obviously, when you have different flavors, everyone likes different flavors. ”

While the Eagles’ trade was waning visibly tensions, Holmes admired McNeill, the strong-nosed kicker who had 10 sacks over three seasons at North Carolina and should have played a role in the Eagles. A rotation for the lions this fall.

“(When you) watched him for the first time, you thought you never saw him alive. But look at him in the movie, he looks like a shorter and wider guy, so you automatically think ‘OK, he’s your normal, two anchor nose down,’ said Holmes. “But then you keep watching him and it’s like. ‘Wait a minute, this dude has a speed that you wouldn’t normally see with this big and powerful guy,’ so he was fun. ‘

As Roseman explains in WIP, conflicts are common on draft days, and especially in drafting it is difficult when those moments are clearly captured on camera for sub-public.

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“These discussions and discussions and these conversations are okay,” Roseman said. “You want that, you should be in love. Tom has been here for a long time. We have been together for 10 years. A very strong relationship.” It’s normal to have tough conversations, and Tom and I have So many people in 10 years, and that’s why you want people around you who don’t just tell you that everything you do is okay, they give their point of view, and so are we. “

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.