Aidan Hutchinson, a standout defensive end from the Michigan Wolverines, is expected to be the top overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Hutchinson announced in early January that he would be declaring for the draft. Hutchinson had a great season, finishing as the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2021. He became the third defensive player to ever finish second in the history of the award, according to ESPN. Not to mention, he was a unanimous All-American and Lombardi Award winner.
Hutchinson expressed on Twitter, “My time at Michigan was amazing, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.” “Moving forward to the 2022 NFL draft. Grateful for the support from Wolverine nation and beyond.”
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— Aidan Hutchinson (@aidanhutch97) January 5, 2022
Michigan Wolverines Defeating Ohio State
Throughout the statement, he mentions that Michigan snaps an eight-game losing streak to their arch-rivals, Ohio State this season. This was a big deal to Michigan because while HC Jim Harbaugh was coaching he had never defeated the biggest opposing team on their schedules. However, that was debunked by this year’s performance when they defeated the Buckeyes, 42-27.
“I’ve imagined the moments that happened in my last season at Michigan for years,” he said. “On November 27, 2021, after a decade of anticipation, we experienced an unforgettable night with my teammates. They constantly showed me throughout the season that anything is possible, and even the smallest percentage can make a difference.”I’ll cherish those incredible moments forever and feel eternal gratitude towards my team for giving their all alongside me.”
Aidan Hutchinson’s Legacy as a Michigan Wolverine
In 2021, Hutchinson had an impressive season with 62 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, and 14 sacks, setting a Michigan Wolverines record for a single season. Hutchinson forced himself to become a menace for opposing offenses week in and week out.
Hutchinson is the top-ranked edge defender in college football, using a mix of speed and strength to secure victories. According to Pro Football Focus, he is an outstanding edge defender who performs well in both run defense and pass coverage.
According to NFL Draft Analyst, Mel Kiper, he has Hutchinson even going higher than standout Oregon Ducks Kayvon Thibodeaux.