Taking a look at defensive linemen who fit what Brad Holmes looks for in the draft

The first day of the NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone as far as testing and measurements go. Some interesting results with players both on and off the field have helped paint a clearer picture of what the Lions may be looking for.

Every general manager in the NFL has a type or style of player they like and look for when drafting. For Brad Holmes, we are now three drafts deep into his tenure so those traits and numbers are exposing themselves.

In terms of player size and measurements, there are several key players who fit within those parameters after the defensive lineman hit the field today. Here is what the Lions front office looks for and who fits the bill.

Measurements Brad Holmes Drafts


  • 6’3″ to 6’1″


  • 290 to 260


  • 32″ to 33″


  • 9 5/8″ to 10 1/4″


Testing Brad Holmes drafts

40-Yard Dash

  • 4.74 to 4.77

10-Yard Split

  • 1.62 or better

Broad Jump

  • 9’9″ to 10’3″

Vertical Jump

  • 36″ to 37.5″

Players Who Fit the Measurements

*Note: Players who hit on three out of the four qualifiers will be listed

Players Who's Testing Fit

*Note: Players who hit on three out of the four qualifiers will be listed but no player hit on three but several hit on two.

Did Anyone Check Both the Measurements and Testing Boxes?

A popular name in mock drafts should become more popular after the combine. Marshawn Kneeland out of Western Michigan checks both the measurements and testing that Brad Holmes looks for. The in-state prospect has seen his name sneak into the first round of some mock drafts; perhaps Detroit will become a popular spot after the first day of the combine.

Story originally appeared on Lions Wire