Thursday night, a Michigan native got the news he was waiting for.
That person is Aidan Hutchinson.
The news he received was that the Detroit Lions were drafting him with the second overall pick.
Hutchinson lives and breathes Pure Michigan, as his entire football career has been spent in the state.
However, he is now taking his time playing for the University of Michigan in the NFL with Detroit.
His final season in NCAA football saw him as a brute force.
But now he’s in the NFL playing for Detroit.
The Wolverines gave him a chance to shine, but could the Lions make him a local legend?
Will the Lions property retain yet another superstar in Detroit?
Lions fans have seen legendary players over the past 30 years.
Players like Barry Sanders, Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson have all been drafted by Detroit.
They have all established themselves among the best in the history of the Lions.
However, ownership has ruined the careers of these players.
While Sanders and Johnson ended their careers in Detroit, Stafford was traded to Los Angeles and the sunny coast of California.
A Lions fan thinks the latest owner of the Ford line is taking a different approach.
Learn about the different approach Sheila has taken over the past 24 months compared to her parents before. Next, look up the Falcons roster and explain how you might think there are actually 3 teams in the league that could end up with a worse record next season.
— Cmcreavy (@mcreavyc) April 27, 2022
However, they missed the fact that the team performed worse in 2021 than in 2020.
They also overlooked how Detroit traded their best player.
The fear of true Lions fans is that the team will ruin Hutchinson’s career on them.
He, like Sanders and Johnson, will stay with Detroit until the end.
However, this ending could prevent him from seeing his full potential.
Will Detroit build its defense with the remaining draft picks?
If Hutchinson’s career in Detroit is going to be legendary, he will need players around him.
The Lions haven’t had a top-ten defense since 2014, when they ranked second in total defense.
Mathew Stafford had started 166 games with the Lions. He was accompanied by a 100-yard rusher in 11 of them. It’s 6.5% of the time. He had 1 top ten defense in 2014. https://t.co/vlxbaQcBR2
—Brenden Wallace (@BrendenWallacee) September 13, 2021
Defensive players like Ndamukong Suh, Glover Quin and DeAndre Levy brought hope to Detroit’s defense.
Although Hutchinson is a huge improvement for their defense, they need more than just him to improve.
With the draft picks they got from trading Stafford, they can give him some extra help this year or next year.
However, putting the entire burden of defense on him will hurt his game on the pitch.
When the offensive linemen know who to stop, it adds pressure on that player.
While pressure makes diamonds, the Michiganders have seen many of their players crack under that pressure.
However, the fact of recruiting defensive players takes some pressure off him, allowing him to shine a little more in Detroit.
Could Hutchinson be a bust?
Hutchinson’s only major season was in 2021.
He missed games in 2020 with a broken leg.
After having surgery, he returned in 2021 with a vengeance.
However, some believe that his stats were only good because of the help he received.
Linebacker David Ojabo was the force that helped Hutchinson shine in 2021 with the Wolverines.
When the attacks focused on him, Hutchinson got his 70 pass pressures and 14 sacks.
If Detroit doesn’t give him defensive help, he could turn into a bust as some think.