Lions select DE Aidan Hutchinson at No. 2


Aidan Hutchinson remains in Michigan. The Lions selected the defensive end from Michigan with the second pick in the draft.

After a 2020 season where Hutchinson’s season ended early after suffering a broken leg that required season-ending surgery, the defensive end has come back strong in 2021.

Hutchinson set a school record with 14.0 sacks in a single season, more than tripling his output from his first three years combined. He nailed 62 tackles and led the teams in tackles for loss and quarterback with 16.5 and 12, respectively. After a dominating performance against rival Ohio State that saw the 21-year-old total 3.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss, Hutchinson tossed draft boards, pushing what was likely a first-round selection into the conversations for the No. 1 overall selection. Ultimately, he will stay at Michigan after finishing second overall.

As our own Ely Allen wrote, Hutchinson was built to be a pass-rusher. He is extremely strong with quick feet and efficient use of hands. He knows he can win relatively easily at college level, so he tends to tolerate a little more contact than necessary, which he’ll have to avoid at the next level using the multitude of rushing passing moves at his disposal. He’s a weight room warrior, but he probably won’t be able to add much more weight to the next level. It has probably reached its maximum size. He has high motor skills and quick recognition, but his instincts in the running game can sometimes hurt him. It often comes as a slightly lower version of the Bosa brothers with a little less curvature.

The Lions were also connected to Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux at No. 2, but Hutchinson seemed like a logical target if he got past the Jaguars. The rookie will provide a natural boost to a Lions defense that has struggled mightily in 2021, and the organization certainly hopes the defensive end can be a mainstay in Detroit.




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