Aidan Hutchinson was an All-American star at Michigan. Now he has a chance to continue thriving at the professional level.
Aidan Hutchinson’s Draft Odds
Hutchinson has the leading NFL Draft betting odds to be picked first at -225 as of March 28.
Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker (+300), Alabama offensive lineman Evan Neal (+1200), North Carolina State offensive lineman Ikem Ekwonu (+1200), Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux (+3000), Liberty quarterback Malik Willis (+3000), Mississippi State offensive lineman Charles Cross (+5000), Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett (+5000), LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (+10000), Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton (+10000), Cincinnati cornerback Sauce Gardner (+10000) and Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis (+10000) were other players with the best odds.
|Name||Position||Team||1st Pick Odds (4/28)|
|Ikem Ekwonu||OL||NC State||+400|
|Charles Cross||OL||Mississippi State||+10000|
|Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner||CB||Cincinnati||+10000|
|Derek Stingley Jr.||CB||LSU||+15000|
|Kyle Hamilton||S||Notre Dame||+15000|
|Matt Corral||QB||Ole Miss||+15000|
|Sam Howell||QB||North Carolina||+20000|
|Garrett Wilson||WR||Ohio State||+20000|
|DeMarvin Leal||DT||Texas A&M||+30000|
|Chris Olave||WR||Ohio State||+50000|
The first pick is held by the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have needs at nearly every position except quarterback after selecting Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall a year ago.
Hutchinson is worth considering for NFL Draft betting because the Jaguars could turn to him as a cornerstone of their defense.
Before he was the potential No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson was putting on a show at Rivals Camps 👀@aidanhutch97 | @MaizeBlueReview pic.twitter.com/gdhXZ5tnq3
— Rivals Camp Series (@RivalsCamp) February 23, 2022
Aidan Hutchinson Draft Pick Projection
If the Jaguars are intent on keeping the first overall pick, Hutchinson would fit in nicely for the future of the team.
However, Jacksonville may emphasize protecting Lawrence and pick Neal instead. Therefore, Hutchinson has a strong chance to go to Detroit at No. 2. Head coach Dan Campbell is aiming to bolster his defense, and Hutchinson would do exactly that.
Aidan Hutchinson’s Draft Profile & Stats
Hutchinson was a Heisman Trophy runner-up, the third defensive player to ever to finish second in the voting. He also won the Woodson-Nagurski Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Ted Hendricks (best defensive end in the country) awards in 2021.
He was a consensus All-American last season and a two-time All-Big Ten pick in his career.
Following an impressive sophomore season that included 68 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, six passes defended, and two forced fumbles, his junior year was cut short due to injury.
As a senior, though, he shined.
In 14 games, he tallied 14 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss. He added 62 tackles, 36 of which were solo. He also accounted for three passes defended, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.
Perhaps his best performances were against rival Ohio State. This past fall, Hutchinson tied a career-high with three sacks and tackles for loss. He also recorded a career-high 10 tackles against the Buckeyes in 2019.
He was the Big Ten Championship MVP with four tackles, a sack, and two quarterback hurries. Hutchinson also helped the Wolverines reach the College Football Playoffs.
Aidan Hutchinson’s Highlights
Aidan Hutchinson’s Draft Profile
At 6-foot-6, 265 pounds, Hutchinson has the ideal size to play defensive end in the NFL, as well as the athleticism and technique it takes to so at a high level.
In the Ohio State game this past year, Hutchinson showed sound footwork that’s difficult for offensive linemen to keep up with. He also uses his hands well to neutralize the blocking threats in front of him.
Hutchinson has an impressive motor.
In a game early in the season, Washington quarterback Dylan Morris struggled to find anyone downfield and had five seconds in the pocket. Hutchinson tried to rush outside but was stopped. Hutchinson then spun inside and maneuvered up the pocket as Morris shuffled forward, and the Michigan defensive end helped bring him down.
In other games, Hutchinson may have not won after a single move, but he often did after the second or third. Even with multiple blockers ahead of him, he found a way to the quarterback. And if the opposing quarterback was mobile, he used his speed to track them down.
Hutchinson also proved he doesn’t need to rely on a single type of pass-rush move. Against the Huskies, Hutchinson used his strength to bull rush an offensive lineman en route to a sack. In the red zone, Hutchinson used a swim move on a blocker to reach the quarterback.
Also in that UW game, Hutchinson showed burst off the line of scrimmage and strong run-support skills. On fourth-and-4 on Michigan’s 31, Hutchinson blew by a Huskies blocker and instantly met the ball carrier as soon as he received a handoff. The hit jarred the ball loose.
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