If you’d like to see Aidan Hutchinson wearing Honolulu Blue and Silver next fall, the momentum — from the media at least — is pointing to your dreams coming true.
ESPN’s Todd McShay is the latest to mock Michigan’s standout defensive end to the Detroit Lions with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft.
At 1-11-1, the Lions are in need of everything, so general manager Brad Holmes and his scouting staff should be taking whoever they feel will be the best player four or five years down the road. They also own the Los Angeles Rams’ first-rounder — we’ll get to that pick in a minute.
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“The Lions need to take the best player available, and right now, that’s Hutchinson,” McShay wrote Tuesday. “The production speaks for itself: He has 14 sacks, 73 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and a pair of forced fumbles, and he tends to play at his best in the biggest spots. Detroit is in the bottom five in yards allowed per play (5.9), points allowed per game (27.2) and sacks (20), and while Romeo Okwara, Julian Okwara, Trey Flowers and a host of others can be impact players, Hutchinson could be the guy on the edge for the Lions.”
Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97) talks to teammates before a play against Western Michigan during the first half Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
If you haven’t seen much of Hutchinson, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting and has picked up numerous postseason awards for his 14-sack season, he and the Wolverines will play Georgia in the College Football Playoff semifinals at the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31.
His coronation was a dominant three-sack performance against Ohio State, and he added another sack in the Big Ten championship game, helping Michigan to a 42-3 rout of Iowa.
“It’s hard to capture exactly what Hutchinson means to this team, from his decision to return for another season, to his infectious work ethic, to…