ALLEN PARK – As OTA’s get underway for the Detroit Lions this summer at training camp, all eyes are on the No. 2 overall pick, rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.
Hutchinson grew up in Dearborn before his career at Michigan, so he feels right at home with the lions.
As coach Dan Campbell explains, the front office feels Hutchinson was “the perfect fit” and while the fact that he’s from Michigan wasn’t a factor in the decision, it is definitely a bonus.
“It just so happened to be that he was in the backyard. It wasn’t because of that. But that’s icing on the cake there. You know, when you’re going to pick guys, particularly that high, they better fit everything that you’re about. and he does that,” said Campbell.
“Being in Detroit, in Michigan, it’s wild to be in the position that I’m in. But I’m super grateful so I’m going to make the most of it,” said Hutchinson.
Campbell said the team “couldn’t get the call in fast enough” to take Hutchinson once they found out Jacksonville was not taking him first overall.
The Jaguars drafted Georgia defensive end Travon Walker with the No. 1 overall pick.
Aidan Hutchinson ended his college career with one of the best seasons in program history by a pass rusher. He was the Heisman Trophy runner-up, becoming just the third defensive player to finish second in the history of the award.
He was also an All-American after finishing the season with 62 tackles and 16.5 tackles for loss. Hutchinson also set the program-record with 14 sacks last season.
He measured at 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds , running a 4.74 40-yard dash with a 36-inch vertical jump.