The wait is over! And the Detroit Lions have their man. Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson is staying home in Motown. After months of speculation, the Lions selected Hutchinson with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
At one point, it didn’t appear Hutchinson would head to the Lions. There were reports that the Lions may look at Liberty’s Malik Willis or Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux. However, that is not the case. Michigan’s single-season sack leader will not relocate far to continue his pro career.
“I’m happy to get back to Detroit,” said Hutchinson, immediately after the Lions selected him.
The Lions wasted no time turning in their card. After the departure of Trey Flowers, one thing was certain. They needed a dynamic EDGE rusher. And with the Jaguars selecting Georgia’s Travon Walker, Hutchinson was there for the taking.
Of all the EDGE rushers in the draft, Hutchinson is the most pro-ready. You know what you’re getting with him. Barring anything crazy, he’s a guy that could be a day-one starter. He’s one of the most dynamic pass rushers in the draft, something the Lions missed last season. They were near dead last in that department. He also possesses great instincts and he is tough as nails.
His performance vs. Ohio State in his last home game as a Michigan Wolverine propelled his draft stock significantly.
In several interviews leading up to the draft, it appeared that Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux could be the pick. And the reason for that is it appeared the Jaguars would select Hutchinson at No. 1.
The former Wolverine, who played high school football at Divine Child, is now a cornerstone of a young Lions defense.
The Lions’ rebuild is starting through the trenches. Last season, they selected Oregon’s Penei Sewell with the 7th overall pick. And he’s a huge piece to their offensive line. Aidan Hutchinson will now look to bring that same impact to the Lions’ defensive scheme.
Follow Kory Woods on Twitter at KoryEWoods.